Anthony Joshua believes that Tyson Fury will beat Deontay Wilder again when the pair clash for a third time on July 24.
Unified Heavyweight champion, Joshua saw a proposed undisputed title showdown with Fury shelved after an arbitrator ruled for the ‘Gypsy King’ to defend his WBC crown against Wilder, with the meeting set for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fury stopped ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in seven rounds in their rematch in February 2020, after a controversial draw in their first bout in December 2018 and ‘AJ’ is expecting his British rival to once again come out victorious.
“I don’t mind, I don’t mind,” Joshua told talkSPORT.
“But Fury won the last one so I’ll go with Fury because you’re only as good as your last performance.
“Good luck to them both.”
The 31-year-old is now on course to honour his WBO mandatory by facing Oleksandr Usyk, with promoter Eddie Hearn telling Pro Boxing Fans on June 14 the fight will be staged on either September 14 or September 25 at Wembley Stadium or the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua, who defended his WBA ‘Super’, WBO and IBF titles with a ninth round stoppage win over Kubrat Pulev in December will be training alongside the British Olympic team at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, who head out to Tokyo this summer in a rescheduled games.
The Watford man secured a Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and is hopeful the British squad including Light Heavyweight, Ben Whittaker will have similar success and is keen to then build on their achievements by fighting for the undisputed crown.
“I’ve gotta defend my titles,” Joshua said.
“I’m gonna be training alongside Ben [Whittaker] and the GB Team, preparing for my championship fight while these guys prepare for the Olympics.
“I’m gonna win because I have to, I’ve got no other option.
“And then I’m gonna get on to the next fight which is the undisputed.
“So we’re back on the road to undisputed and I’m supporting the Olympic boys.
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“When they finish with a bang, hopefully the next fight I have will be an undisputed fight.
“So there will be so many eyes on the boxing scene in 2021 and 2022.”