Tyson Fury has dismissed Anthony Joshua’s chances of defeating Charles Martin when the duo clash for the IBF world heavyweight title at the O2 Arena on April 9.
Joshua will be competing in just his 16th professional bout when he takes on the American southpaw, but he is yet to taste defeat and has won all his fights to date by knockout.
Despite that impressive record, world heavyweight champion Fury is unsure of Joshua’s credentials as an elite-level fighter and he expects his fellow Brit to lose when he takes on Martin.
Fury said: “Joshua can’t box. No, he doesn’t have a jab. Yes, his movement is terrible and he’s wide open with no idea how to defend himself.
“When it comes to world championship level, you have to set up the opening for the big punch with your jab. Then you have to be perfectly balanced to land the KO. How’s he going to do that with no jab and his feet all over the place?”
Fury is however hoping that Joshua does secure victory at the O2 Arena, as he would like to take on the 26-year-old in an all-British unification fight at Wembley Stadium.
Fury added: “Joshua needs a miracle. I genuinely hope he gets it. Because then he and I can both make a lot of money by boxing each other in a massive championship unification fight at Wembley Stadium. And that would be an easy fight for me.”
Joshua is available at 1.15 to secure victory on April 9, while Martin is on offer at 5.25 and the draw is priced at 29.00.