Anthony Joshua predicts the winner of Wilder vs Fury

There’s a good chance the most anticipated heavyweight of 2018 won’t actually involve unified champion Anthony Joshua.

Following Tyson Fury’s victory over Francesco Pianeta last month it was ‘confirmed’ the Gypsy King will take on Deontay Wilder later in the year, although an official announcement is yet to be seen.

Nevertheless, with Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, promising that the fight will take place before the end of the year, as well as Joshua’s dangerous bout against Alexander Povetkin being staged on September 22, the final couple of months in 2018 are set to be extremely explosive in the heavyweight division.

What makes the fight between Fury and Wilder particularly intriguing is the difficulty to predict who is going to win. This is largely due to the significant contrasts between the two fighters.

Firstly, their fighting styles are opposing. Fury looks to outsmart his opponents by using his jab effectively with his speed and agility.

Wilder, on the other hand, is a knockout specialist who has knocked out all 39 of the opponents he has faced, with 19 of these knockouts coming in the first round.

Secondly, their physiques are noticeably different with the lean Wilder recently weighing 103kg compared to the stockier Fury at 117kg despite there being only a 5cm height difference in Fury’s favour.

But Anthony Joshua is predicting Wilder to just prove too strong for Fury and thinks the fact the Bronze Bomber has fought more frequently over the last few years will prove the difference.

“Wilder… he’s just active,” AJ told IFL TV.

“It’s hard when you’ve been inactive [Fury], Wilder has been active.

“And he’s a top-level fighter. He’s a world champion.

“He’s an Olympian, so he knows what he’s doing.

“So I think Wilder will win for those reasons.”

This is only Fury’s third fight since returning to the sport in June following a 31-month absence while Wilder has been regularly training and fighting in this period, winning five bouts by knockout.

Despite Fury’s two comeback fights, which included a 10-round points victory over Pianeta in August, boxing fans are still unconvinced whether ‘The Gypsy King’ is at the same level that he was before his ban when he beat Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.

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