Anthony Joshua believes his fellow countryman Tyson Fury will become the new WBC heavyweight champion when he clashes with Deontay Wilder.
The much-anticipated rematch will hold on February 22, 2020, where the winner will have a potential fight with Joshua.
Fury changed his long-time trainer Ben Davison for American SugarHill Steward ahead of his rematch with Wilder and has relocated to the United States permanently.
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Joshua told Sky Sports: “Fury has taken some relatively soft-touch fights to get his confidence back and is going into the New Year as a new man with a new team and a new mindset.
“He must feel something within him that is new, and he wants to be the new heavyweight champion.
“He can beat Wilder providing he follows his game-plan for 12 rounds.”
Joshua, who reclaimed his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr, has taken sides with his compatriot to come out tops.
“Wilder has shown that you can’t blink for a second with him, because it only takes one punch,” said Joshua.
“A good boxer, who is young, fresh and can follow a game-plan, can be victorious for X-amount of rounds [against Wilder].
“Boxing is about hitting and not getting hit. Ortiz got hit with a big punch but Fury is evasive, a lot bigger, flicks out his jab. He is quite difficult to hit. Fury fought Wilder the first time after a long lay-off.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Anthony Joshua has been left furious after coming to terms with the reality that he could be stripped off his heavyweight belts.
The British heavyweight fighter reclaimed the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles following unanimous point victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.
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