World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury will come out tops WBC holder against Deontay Wilder in their clash in Las Vegas on February 22.
Fury and Wilder drew in December 2018 despite the former appearing to get the better of the American, and all eyes will be on the pair when face-off again in just over a weeks time.
Joshua, who became two-time unified heavyweight champion after beating Andy Ruiz Jr. earlier this year, could be set to take on the winner of the fight.
And speaking to PepTalkUK, backed Fury to emerge winner.
“I think Fury wins,” he said. “A man who nearly done it the first time won’t get it wrong the second time. That’s the only reason why.
“I think that he came close the first time to the point of a draw. It wasn’t like a 12-round masterclass then got battered in the 12th and that just separated it. It was a draw, it was that close.
“So I just think Tyson Fury is going to correct his wrongs and come back and win. I don’t know what Wilder took away from the last fight he had with Tyson Fury. Who has he fought since then?
“At the end of the day I think Fury will win before he came so close first time and he wants his hands on the belt so he’ll probably go out there and do what he has to do to win this time.”
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Fury has stated his belief that he will knock Wilder out in two rounds, but Joshua doubts he will be able to grab victory that quickly.
“Remember Fury came back from a long break as well so his body may not have been conditioned to withstand the impact. That’s why I think this time around he might be in a better position to get the win.”