IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is pretty confident in his ability to deal with WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Joshua has no concerns after watching Fury's one-sided stoppage win over Deontay Wilder back in February.
"Fury is intelligent and what you saw against Wilder was a gameplan for a specific fight being executed very well. He had identified Wilder’s weakness, that he cannot fight on the back foot, and he exploited that," Joshua told The Sun.
“Fury knows I can fight on the back foot or front foot. He knows if he tries to take it to me the same way, then he will suffer because I can counter that with my jab, with right hands from distance. But, yes, people want this fight even more now they have seen we can both fight in very different styles.”
Styles make fights, says Joshua.
He believes a lot of people are tabbing Fury as the big favorite based on their recent fights.
Joshua was stopped in seven rounds back in June 2019, in his first contest with Andy Ruiz. The British star dominated their December rematch to win a twelve round unanimous decision.
And Fury is undefeated and battered Wilder to a TKO victory.
“Fury surprised some people with the way he attacked Wilder — and I think I surprised some people by beating Ruiz in the boxing connoisseur’s style. I was under a lot of pressure going into that fight. I was coming off a loss. So I stuck to a gameplan. I wasn’t going to give anyone the chance to write me off — because they would have done if I’d lost again," Joshua said.
Joshua explained that his inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic will not affect him in the ring - when he faces mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on December 12 in the UK.
He feels the lockdown has only made him a better and more focused boxer.
A victory will place Joshua in position to face Fury in a high stakes unification in 2021.
“I know lockdown has been tough but for me it has been a blessing. I have concentrated on training, on improving my boxing, all year. I haven’t had to do much commercial or promotional stuff, I have had more time with my family and more time to train seriously. And the longer I wait for Fury, the better prepared I’ll be," Joshua said.