British boxing legend "Prince" Naseem Hamed is backing Tyson Fury to defeat Anthony Joshua in easier fashion than Deontay Wilder.
In February, Fury dropped Wilder twice and stopped him in the seventh round to capture the WBC heavyweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Joshua, who holds the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO titles, reclaimed his title back in December when he outboxed Andy Ruiz over twelve rounds in Saudi Arabia.
At the moment, Fury vs. Joshua is the biggest fight in boxing.
Both boxers have to get through their contracted commitments before they position themselves to face each in a full division unification.
Fury will face Wilder in a trilogy fight in the fall, while Joshua is obligated to make a mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev.
Styles make fights - and Hamed believes the style of Joshua is made for Fury.
“What he [Fury] has done has been phenomenal,” Hamed said on the Heavyweight Podcast.
“I am looking forward to Tyson vs Joshua and I do believe that Tyson is too fast and too slick. I think that’s maybe an easier fight than the Wilder one – and the Wilder one was very easy.”
Frank Warren, who co-promotes Fury, was among the parties who denied the recent reports that a Joshua fight was being negotiated.
“We haven’t spoken to them. You’ve got to deal with the facts and Tyson has a contractual agreement with Deontay Wilder, and Pulev has signed on to fight AJ. There’s been all these stories about negotiations going on, but there hasn’t been any because there’s nothing to negotiate. No offers have been made from either camp," Warren told Talk Sport.
“All the parties concerned have signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with one of the countries – but we can’t talk about that. There’s no offer forthcoming from them, nor indeed from any other people that we’ve spoken to thus far. Until you actually know what the offer is, how can you negotiate?”