By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

TYSON FURY reckons Anthony Joshua is “useless”.

And the WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight king believes his British rival will get knocked out by IBF champion Charles Martin next week.

Joshua takes on Martin at the O2 Arena on April 9 looking to become only the second Brit to win Olympic gold and a world professional title.

But Fury reckons Joshua has not enough experience to challenge a champion after just 15 fights.

“He has got no footwork, he can’t box and he has got no jab so that means he is useless. He is a big raw novice.

“All he has got is a big punch which everyone who pumps iron for five years, is 6ft 6in has.

“Unless Martin walks straight into a load of shots, which I don’t see him doing, then I see Martin taking him out cold.

“He has never been tested, he has only had one real fight and he almost came undone there against Dillian Whyte.

“Whyte had been inactive for three years, if he can do that after being out of the ring for three years then what will Martin do?

“Joshua has only had 15 fights, Martin has 24. It is a very dangerous fight for Joshua to take. If I’m honest I see Martin winning the fight.

“It has got to be a knockout. You don’t see an American coming over and taking a hero out on points, do you? It will have to be a knockout.”

Fury – who is waiting for his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko to be agreed – even believes his cousin Hughie would beat Joshua.

The younger Fury has 19 wins to his name and was considered as a potential opponent for Joshua at the O2 Arena next week.

Fury said: “I think Hughie would beat him because Joshua's got no footwork and no jab and you can't be heavyweight champion of the world if you've got no footwork and no jab.

“He's just got a puncher's chance. I don't see him getting past Martin. I think it's too soon. I think Martin is too slick. He's a big 6ft 5ins southpaw, who can punch with both hands.”

The ‘Gypsy King’ also taunted Joshua by claiming his promoter Eddie Hearn as “bought” the shot at the IBF title.

He said: “Joshua has not earned his way to the top, he has been bought it. That is what happened.

“If you’ve got somebody putting the money up you’re going to get your stuff.”

But despite his bold prediction, Fury is hoping to Joshua can beat Martin to set up a money-spinning unification clash in the UK.

The ‘Gypsy King’ said: “I’d love to see him win the fight. If he wins it is a massive fight for us to have.

“I would love, love, love to see him win. Then I could toy with him like a child in the gym. But I don’t think it is going to happen.”