Anthony Joshua has changed his prediction Tyson Fury’s third fight against Deontay Wilder this weekend – and is now backing the Bronze Bomber.
The former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion will be keeping a close eye on proceedings in Las Vegas this weekend, despite losing his belts to Oleksandr Usyk last month.
A potential meeting with Fury looks to be off the table for now as Joshua chases a rematch with the Ukrainian, although Frank Warren hasn’t ruled out the pair meeting each other in the UK at some point.
Fury is a big favourite to beat Wilder again, having claimed the WBC belt last year after dominating his opponent to claim a seventh-round stoppage.
And Joshua appeared to be backing his fellow Brit when he was asked for his prediction earlier this year.
“Fury won the last one so I’ll go with Fury because you’re only as good as your last performance,” he told talkSport back in June.
The 31-year-old looks to have changed his tune though, and when asked again about the fight ahead of his own bout with Usyk, he threw his weight behind Wilder.
“I’m not too bothered,” Joshua told reporters last month.
“Look, because you’ve asked the question, let’s go with Wilder because he seems obsessed, like he really wants it.
“He seems really focused on the task ahead, so, you know, a focused man is a dangerous man and he’s focused.
“Wilder might get the decision. Actually, no, it has to be a knockout.”
Wilder is the clear outsider for this weekend’s bout having been beaten so convincingly in the second fight last year.
Having knocked down Fury in the first meeting though, only for the Gypsy King to make a miraculous recovery, he’ll know he stands a chance, and a win for Wilder could throw even more chaos into the mix as Fury and Joshua look to future bouts.