Anthony Joshua says Deontay Wilder will ‘definitely’ beat Tyson Fury in bout that will decide his next rival

ANTHONY JOSHUA cited Tyson Fury’s inactivity will be the reason Deontay Wilder ‘definitely’ beats him.

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.

Joshua is the current WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world champion
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Wilder will defend his WBC world title against Fury in LA tomorrow night
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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.

Talking to William Hill, 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.


Joshua beat Klitschko in April 2017 to claim the WBA world title
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Klitschko floored Joshua in round six
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Joshua fought back to drop Klitschko three times in round 11[/caption]

The two fought to a modern classic at Wembley Stadium last year
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“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.

Fury outpointed Klitschko in in Dusseldorf, Germany in November 2015
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The Gypsy King claimed the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight championships as well as the IBO title
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“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.”

Fury has actually fought twice since Wilder’s last victory, which came in March when the American scored a tenth round stoppage of Cuban Luis Ortiz – meaning he is the more active of the two.

However, without a meaningful fight for over three years, Joshua applauded his countrymen Fury for taking the challenge, but alluded that the task ahead could be too great even for the Gypsy King.

Wilder was taken to points once against Bermane Stiverne in 2015 – but the American later KO’d his rival two years later in the rematch
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Joshua has picked KO king Wilder to beat Fury tomorrow night
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He said: “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.”

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