Anthony Joshua backing obsessed and dangerous Deontay Wilder to KO Tyson Fury
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World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has sensationally picked Deontay Wilder to knock his rival Tyson Fury out when the two meet in their WBC world title bout next month. Joshua is preparing to fight Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
Joshua, whose WBA, WBA and IBF world titles will be on the line against the Ukrainian, has not fought since his win over Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.
His fierce rivalry with Fury has led to the two verbally sparring for the last few years with fans desperate to see the compatriots meet in the ring.
The two British heavyweights own all four world championships between them and have been tipped to fight one another for years.
A deal between Fury and Joshua was supposedly close to being struck earlier this year in a highly anticipated fight to unify the division and crown the undisputed champion of the world as the compatriots currently hold all four heavyweight belts.
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However, complications arose when Wilder triggered a clause forcing the American to fight Fury for a third time in their epic saga, while Joshua will face Usyk this weekend.
Ahead of his title fight with the Ukrainian, Joshua predicted that not only will the Bronze Bomber emerge victorious from the clash with Fury – but he will knock his fellow Briton out.
“He seems obsessed, like he really wants it,” Joshua said of Wilder on Instagram. “He seems really focused on the task ahead. A focused man is a dangerous man, and he’s focused.
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“It has to be a knockout.”
Wilder has been sharing videos on social media and sending messages to Fury, warning him of what awaits when the two meet for a third time in Las Vegas next month.
Fury dramatically rose from the brink to pull himself from the canvas and earn a draw with Wilder in their first bout.
In their second clash, the 33-year-old defeated Wilder thanks to an eighth-round TKO, and that fight in February 2020 was Fury’s last in-ring battle.
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Joshua fought more recently, in December 2020, when a ninth round knockout win over Pulev pushed his record to 24-1.
The 31-year-old is gearing up for his fight with Usyk, and admitted recently that he is both mentally and physically drained from his intense 10-week camp.
‘AJ’ acknowledged that such strain is simply part of achieving perfection in his craft.
Joshua clashes with Usyk in their world heavyweight title bout on September 25 while Fury defends his WBC title against Wilder in the third instalment of their grudge trilogy on October 9.
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