Anthony Joshua believes Deontay Wilder will ‘definitely’ defeat Tyson Fury in heavyweight bout

‘He’s had a long lay-off and is going to fight a championship fighter’: Anthony Joshua believes Deontay Wilder will ‘definitely’ defeat Tyson Fury in bout that could decide his next opponent

  • Anthony Joshua backed Deontay Wilder to defeat Tyson Fury in Los Angeles
  • The IBF, WBA and WBO champion thinks Fury’s two-year absence will affect him 
  • Fury has only fought twice since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 

James Ayles For Mailonline

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has backed Deontay Wilder to overcome Tyson Fury when they fight in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The British fighter is confident that Wilder will have too much for his opponent, who is competing for only the third time since a two-and-a-half year absence from the sport.

Joshua identified Fury’s level of activity as key to defeating Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017, and believes it may prove decisive once again.

Anthony Joshua has backed Deontay Wilder to defeat Tyson Fury in their heavyweight bout

Anthony Joshua has backed Deontay Wilder to defeat Tyson Fury in their heavyweight bout

Joshua, William Hill’s global brand ambassador, said: ‘Definitely Wilder. I’m saying Wilder, I was thinking about it today.

‘When I fought Klitschko, he had 16-17 months off because Fury got injured and had to pull out of their fight so he had a long period off.

‘He said it done him well because he was training in between, he revitalised his body. He has been doing it for so long.

‘He took himself out of the box, freshened up, he trained so he kept his body active, and then he had a fight with me.

Joshua believes his level of activity in the ring was key to beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2017

Joshua believes his level of activity in the ring was key to beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2017

‘But due to the fact I was active while he was waiting to fight Fury, I managed to get the stoppage in the 11th round.

‘That activeness plays a big part in boxing

‘Then you have got Fury who had a long lay-off, was not training, did the opposite and is now going to fight a championship fighter. 

‘The proof is in the pudding and history only teaches us that it will repeat itself. So I think that Fury will lose, Wilder will win.’

Joshua highlighted consistency as key to performing at the highest level of sport. 

Fury is fighting in the ring for only the third time since his shock defeat of Klitschko in 201

He added: ‘When you look further back, you can see. 

‘Even in work, even if what you are doing, it is the consistent ones who can separate themselves, no matter if you’re talented it is the ones who are consistent who separate themselves.

‘Especially in boxing, millimetres and inches make a big difference.

‘You have to take the leap of faith, which Fury has done, so we applaud him for that, no doubt about it, but at the same time, it is a big step.’ 

Unified Heavyweight World Champion and William Hill global brand ambassador, Anthony Joshua, was talking ahead of the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fight on Saturday night. 

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