Anthony Joshua predicts fight winner between Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua has backed Tyson Fury to beat Deontay Wilder in their heavyweight rematch.
The rivals meet for a second time on February 22, 14 months after fighting to a controversial draw.
On that occasion, Fury rose from the canvas twice but still looked to have done enough to rip the title away from the champion.
But the judges thought differently and the pair will clash again in Las Vegas having each one two fights in the interim.
Fury stopped Tom Schwarz before outpointing Otto Wallin while Wilder knocked out first Dominic Breazeale and the Luis Ortiz.
But Joshua believes Tyson Fury has the ability to fend off the champion’s right hand.
“Boxing is about hitting and not getting hit and Ortiz got hit by a big punch but Fury is evasive, he’s much bigger, he boxes on the back foot and flicks his jab so he is difficult to hit.
“He fought Wilder the first time after a long lay-off and I think Fury has taken some relatively soft touch fights got his confidence back and going into the new year as a new man, with a new team and a new mind set.
“He must feel something in him that is new and he wants to be the new heavyweight champion of the world.
“He has a good chance of beating Wilder as long as he sticks to his game plan for 12 rounds.”
Fury, however, has insisted he will go looking for the knockout to ensure his fate is not left in the judges’ hands.