Tyson Fury has claimed fellow British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua 'will need a miracle' if he is to beat Charles Martin in their upcoming world title fight.
Joshua will fight Martin this weekend for the IBF heavyweight title - the belt that Fury himself vacated after refusing to take on a mandatory challenger, instead opting for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
Despite being widely touted as the favourite heading into the fight, Fury was quick to question Joshua's boxing ability, and claimed that he is in for a shock when he faces the American.
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"Joshua can't box" Fury told Sky Sports. "No, he doesn't have a jab. Yes, his movement is terrible and he's wide open with no idea how to defend himself.
"His footwork is hopeless. The only time he's been hit hard in his professional career, that shot by Dillian Whyte in his last fight, it would have been all over if he had been in there with a big heavyweight who knew how to finish.
"Whyte had been inactive for three years, if he can do that after being out of the ring for three years then what will Martin do?."
Despite his scathing comments regarding Joshua's ability and his chances against Martin, Fury does hope that Joshua triumphs in a week time - potentially setting up an all-British heavyweight super-fight between the two.
"Joshua needs a miracle. I genuinely hope he gets it. Because then he and I can both make a lot of money by boxing each other in a massive Championship unification fight at Wembley Stadium.
"And that would be an easy fight for me."
Were Joshua to win against Martin, the 26-year-old powerhouse would stretch his record to 16-0-0. The Watford-born boxer has also won all 15 of his professional fights by knockout, leading many to believe his encounter with Martin is unlikely to go the whole 12 rounds.
Martin's professional record is equally as impressive however, with the towering American having won 23 of his 24 professional bouts - 21 of which via knockout - with the remaining fight being scored as a draw.
Martin also fights using a southpaw stance, something which many have predicted might be a potential stumbling block for Joshua.
Despite having never faced a southpaw fighter in his professional career, Joshua has reportedly been training with left-handed sparring partners in preparation for the fight.
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