John Fury predicts an Anthony Joshua K’O win over Deontay Wilder inside the distance
Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are in talks to finally face off this year, and the Furys are split as to who comes out victorious, Kerr Ferguson reports for Boxing Social.
The transatlantic tear-up has had life breathed into it in the form of Saudi Arabia, with the nation keen to throw money to make the bout happen after years of frustration.
Given it’s tentatively set for this winter, predictions are coming back around.
At a recent press conference, ‘The Gypsy King’ – who has shared a trilogy of fights with Wilder – said that the most likely outcome is his old foe knocking Joshua out – although he was keen to point out that he hoped this wouldn’t be the case.
“I think we all know what happens. I’d love for AJ to knock him out, because Wilder’s a little b**ch. He’s a moaning p**sy, forgive me for my language. But I just see [Joshua] getting chinned to be honest.”
Wilder has 42 knockouts from 43 wins, so, as far as predictions go, it’s not a fanciful one.
His father, John, disagrees though. Speaking to a media scrum as captured by FightHype, the elder Fury said the Brit gets the job done inside the distance.
“AJ will knock [Wilder] out. And you know why? Because Deontay Wilder can’t take shots on the side of his head. Tyson, ‘The Gypsy King’ cracked his skull. If AJ lands in the same place, AJ knocks him out.”
Wilder was handed two stoppage defeats by WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, both particularly punishing with heavy knockdowns beforehand.
The contrasting picks paint a good picture of the intrigue surrounding the AJ-Wilder bout, which was once to be for the undisputed heavyweight championship. Despite the lack of belts on the line in 2023, it’s high up on the lists of fans as big fights go.
The tentative schedule still has to overcome many obstacles to see the light of day in December when it is billed to hold.
Wilder who was was arrested two weeks ago for alleged possession of a concealed weapon in the early morning hours Tuesday, May 2 in Los Angeles, according to TMZ must extricate himself from his legal struggles well ahead of December for the fight to go ahead.
The former heavyweight champ was stopped at around 1:15 a.m. in Hollywood because, police said, the windows of his Rolls-Royce were illegally tinted and his license plate was obstructed.
Police officers searched the car after smelling what TMZdescribed as “burnt marijuana.” They said they found the drug and a 9mm gun, according to the outlet’s sources.
Wilder, who was cooperative, was then arrested and spent part of the morning in jail. He bonded out at 6:34 a.m. local time.
The 37-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, reportedly has been in talks to fight fellow former titleholder Anthony Joshua in what would be a massive event, particularly in the U.K. Wilder also has stated his desire to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who is a free agent.
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Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) bounced back from back-to-back losses to WBC belt holder Tyson Fury by stopping Robert Helenius in one round in October, his most-recent fight.