Tyson Fury has vowed to knock out Anthony Joshua inside one round after his rival suggested he would finish the Gypsy King by the sixth round.
The British heavyweights are targeting two unification showdowns in 2021 and the path appears clear after former WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte suffered a shock defeat to Alexander Povetkin.
Joshua holds the IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) belts and predicted he would become the first man to beat, and knockout, Fury.
‘First six rounds, I think, well I know I’m going to take him out then,’ AJ said on Sky’s A League of Their Own.
‘I have had a shorter career, so I’m fresher.
‘I’ve been in the deep end longer so I can handle the pressure and I believe I’m going to take him out.
‘Fury drew the first and then rejigged his game plan and took Wilder out and schooled him really but I think I’m faster than Wilder anyway, call it what you want, I believe I’m better.’
Fight fans went searching for Fury’s official verdict after Joshua’s comments and in an Instagram live countered his fellow champion’s prediction.
‘I would batter Joshua inside the first round,’ Fury said.
Fury and Joshua are tied up for their next fight, with the Gypsy King set to take on Deontay Wilder in their trilogy bout at some stage before the end of the year.
Joshua will definitely fight his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev this year and the bout could be behind closed doors in the UK.
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