Anthony Joshua: Tyson Fury's punching power is underestimated, he will beat Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury will beat Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury's much-anticipated rematch is now just over a week away.

The two heavyweight superstars will come face-to-face inside Las Vegas' famous MGM Grand Arena in what is one of the biggest fights in modern boxing history.

Fury goes into the fight as the slight favourite with a number of bookmakers, which is likely down to the fact that many believe he won the first bout in Los Angeles.

Even with two knockdowns to his name, Wilder was ridiculously lucky to leave the Staples Center with his unbeaten record intact that evening.

And Anthony Joshua believes the likelihood of Fury improving on his performance from the first fight is what will see him to victory this time around.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua also claimed that his countryman's punching power is "underestimated", with most of the focus being on his opponent's almost super-human knockout power.

"I think Fury can win. For Wilder to win he has to knock Fury completely out, and he couldn't do that the first time.

"For Fury to win, he can hurt Wilder or out-box him. Fury has more to his arsenal so that's why I'm leaning to him.

"Fury can punch a bit. He's underestimated with his punching power which makes him dangerous. If you underestimate someone it makes them dangerous because you don't respect them until you get hit.

Can Fury knockout Wilder?

"Fury is a really good boxer, to a certain degree, so he has the upper hand. Wilder isn't the best of boxers but he has a right hand - if you can avoid that, you have the beating of him.

"Good luck to Fury - it would be great to have two heavyweight champions here in England."

Joshua is backing Fury and it's hard to see past his logic. Unless Wilder connects with the sweetest punch of his career to date, you just can't see him toppling the Gypsy King.

Should Fury win, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn believes there would be an increased chance of making a super-fight with AJ.

"AJ wants to fight Fury, Fury wants to fight AJ. It's a two-minute call with MTK and Bob Arum, done deal," Hearn said.

Hearn and Joshua

Should Wilder prevail, Hearn is aware that pairing his client with the Bronze Bomber would be a far tougher task.

"Wilder said he has no interest in Joshua, and Joshua is irrelevant," he added. "That is baffling."

Sadly for Joshua and Hearn, it's all but a certainty that Fury and Wilder will fight for a third time after their merry dance in Las Vegas on February 22.

But with Fury, you just never know...

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