KEY POINTS

  • Deontay Wilder is coming off two KO wins since the first fight with Fury
  • Tyson Fury is also coming off two wins since the first showdown with Wilder
  • Anthony Joshua picks “Gypsy King” as the winner between the two

If you will ask Anthony Joshua, the top heavyweight’s punches aren’t hard enough to keep his bitter rival down for the count.

The number three-ranked heavyweight believes that Tyson Fury will be the victor when the British boxer takes on Deontay Wilder in their most anticipated rematch 10 days from now. Charles Brun wrote on BoxingNews24.com that the fight will be a case of redemption for Fury to correct the mistakes that he’s done during their first showdown in December 2018. “I think Tyson Fury is going to correct his wrongs, and come back and win,” said Joshua.

The two boxers settled for a split draw.

“A man that nearly did it the first time, won’t get it wrong the second time,” Joshua said of the “Gypsy King”. He is also not impressed about the next two fights that the 34-year old American had since fighting Fury the first time. “Breazeale is a decent campaigner, but he’s never been a world champion, and neither is Ortiz. And before Fury, he never fought anyone decent either,” he explained.

Dominic Breazeale absorbed a first-round KO loss against “The Bronze Bomber” with only 43 seconds left in the first round in May 2019 while Luis Ortiz failed to avenge his loss against Wilder as he went down in the seventh round of their second showdown in November 2019. Both fighters failed to steal the WBC heavyweight title from the reigning champ.

“Wilder doesn’t punch hard enough to keep Fury down. That’s what Fury has to remember,” said AJ. “He punches hard, yeah, but he doesn’t punch hard enough to keep him down. He put him down, but he didn’t keep him down.”

Joshua will be looking to challenge the winner of their showdown, regardless of who comes out as the winner. “Whatever you want to do moving forward, just know there’s another champion that’s willing to fight,” he said. “I’ve worked with a lot of people in the division, and I’d love to work with a Wilder or a Fury to get another mega fight.”

Joshua is coming off a unanimous decision victory over an out-of-shape Andy Ruiz in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia, reclaiming the title that he lost to the same fighter six months prior via seventh-round TKO. He raised his record to 23-1-0 with 21 KOs.

Wilder will be putting his undefeated 42-0-1-41KO card against Fury’s own unblemished 29-0-1-20KO on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.