ANTHONY JOSHUA cited Tyson Fury’s inactivity will be the reason Deontay Wilder ‘definitely’ beats the Gypsy King.
Fury, 30, challenges for Wilder’s, WBC heavyweight world title tomorrow night at the Staples Centre in LA – and Joshua has tipped The Bronze Bomber to win.
10 Joshua told William Hill that he believes WBC champion Wilder will beat Fury
Reuters10 Wilder will defend his WBC world title against Fury in LA tomorrow night
Fury, who is 27-0, beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to claim the exact belts AJ now holds, but due to a battle with drugs and depression the 6ft 9ins boxer relinquished his titles.
The former unified world champion would return to the ring two and a half years later, beating Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianta before the Wilder, fight was agreed.
Anthony Joshua, William Hill’s global brand ambassador, and the current WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world champion Joshua, 30, claimed Fury’s inactivity will lead Wilder, 33 to victory.
With Joshua using his own April 2017 win against Klitschko as evidence to his theory.
Joshua said: “Definitely Wilder (to win). I'm saying Wilder, I was thinking about it today.
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Times Newspapers Ltd10 Joshua beat Klitschko in April 2017 to claim the WBA world title
PA:Press Association10 Klitschko floored Joshua in round six
Getty Images – Getty10 Joshua fought back to drop Klitschko three times in round 11
Getty Images – Getty10 The two fought to a modern classic at Wembley Stadium last year
“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.
“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.