Anthony Joshua Responds To Tyson Fury Saying Deontay Wilder Would KO Him In Two Rounds
Anthony Joshua has dismissed Tyson Fury's Deontay Wilder knockout claim and branded him a "waffler".
Fury rematches Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title on February 22 and ahead of their second meeting, the self-proclaimed 'Gypsy King' has backed his upcoming opponent to knock out Joshua.
:crystal_ball: Tyson Fury: "I think Deontay Wilder would knock Anthony Joshua out in two rounds. That's not being critical of Joshua, but I think he's tailor-made for Wilder. A big heavy lump, marching forwards." [@MacLifeOfficial]
- Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 19, 2020
The unified heavyweight king has since responded to Fury by recalling his previous predictions as well as bringing up Conor McGregor.
"He bet on Charles Martin to beat me, he bet on Joseph Parker to beat me! He's a bit of a waffler. Fury does what Fury does. He said that he spoke to Conor McGregor on the phone? That was a lie as well," he told Sky Sports.
"I'm supporting Fury because imagine the local kids being able to watch the undisputed championship fight on their doorstep. I'd love it to be here in the UK."
Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr in December to reclaim the heavyweight world titles and while he must defend his belts against his mandatory challenger, he has set his sights on the undefeated American.
"We've had meetings. That same meeting with Usyk's manager, afterwards we had another meeting to potentially put an offer in to solidify [a fight with Wilder] before they have even had their fight, and before I have my next fight," he added.
"Everyone wants Wilder to win because [a fight with me] is what everyone wants to see. Wilder has a great right hand, I have a great left hand. It is a great boxing match.
"We had a meeting about that. It has great potential. I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a third fight lined up towards the end of the year but we have to throw a curveball in there.
"Something that gets Wilder's attention providing he wins so that he thinks to himself: 'Even though I have a rematch clause, I'll see how I can manipulate my contract, get out of it, and fight for the undisputed championship'."
'AJ' is in line to face Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk next with a London homecoming mooted.