Trainer: For Wilder, Joshua is More Winnable Option Than Fury

By Ollie Salt, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY JOSHUA is a more winnable fight for Deontay Wilder than Tyson Fury.

That’s the verdict of boxing trainer Dave Coldwell, who believes Wilder will be fearful of an even better Fury in a potential rematch of their controversial draw earlier this month.

Few envisaged the Gypsy King, who only returned from a 31-month layoff in tune-up wins over the summer, becoming a two-time world heavyweight champion when he took on the much-feared Bronze Bomber in Los Angeles.


Yet, the latter was outboxed for the majority of the contest and only salvaged a draw by flooring Fury with a brutal right-left combination in the 12th round.

Coldwell felt Fury ‘controlled everything’, while insisting Joshua is a more winnable fight for Wilder - despite predicting 'AJ' to beat the American.

“I think the problem you’ve got there is if you’re Wilder’s team, you look at that first fight and you think: ‘s**t, we got out of jail. We got out of jail. Big time’. Because Tyson controlled everything,” he told Starsport.

“Apart from the two knockdowns, Tyson controlled everything. That’s him coming off such a long layoff, not having any real fights going into a big fight. The next time he fights, he’s gonna be better. His timing’s gonna be better, his judgement and his confidence is gonna be better because he’s gonna know now what he can do.

“Going into that fight, you’re human. I don’t care what your camp has been like and everything, you’re gonna think to yourself: ‘I’ve dropped all this weight. Am I gonna be able to perform?’

“‘I’ve done this, that and other to my body and abused my body, is it gonna catch up on me? If Wilder hits me, can I get up?’

“He’s answered all of those questions, so he’s gonna go in there as a better fighter.

“So if you’re looking after Wilder, you’ve gotta look at that and think: ‘s**t, he’s gonna be better next time. Can we be any better?’”

When asked if Wilder can get any better, Coldwell replied: “No. Because anyone that can box can beat him. You’ve just gotta be able to withstand that power if he lands it.

“Do you look at it and think, the AJ fight is there and that’s mega-bucks. And because AJ’s more orthodox, perhaps a bit easier to hit, he’s the more winnable option. So do you flip that coin and say: ‘right, we think we can beat AJ, let’s go take the money and the opportunity to lift his credentials fully in a unification, get all the belts and then go to Tyson Fury.’

“I would think that they would want to do the rematch right away, because of the fighter’s pride and the fact people are saying: ‘you got beat by that man.’ But I think from a business point of view, I think it makes more sense for them to do the AJ fight. Because it’s more winnable, an amazing amount of money.”

While Wilder vs Joshua would crown a new undisputed heavyweight champion, the British public are desperately craving ‘AJ’ and Fury to lock horns in what would prove one of the biggest domestic showdowns of all time.

Coldwell would not be able to call a winner if Joshua took on Fury

Yet Coldwell - who coached Tony Bellew to the WBC world cruiserweight title as well as two famous wins over David Haye - does not know who would come out on top in that one.

“AJ against Fury I don’t know,” he said.

“Because I can see Fury just completely getting in AJ’s psyche and messing about in the ring, throwing tippy tappy shots here, tippy tappy shots there, looking to make him miss, looking to make him frustrated and AJ possibly getting tired. But then I can see AJ knocking him out.

"The one thing AJ does better than Wilder, he will go to the body. And he whips them shots into the body very, very good.

"He's a better body puncher than what people think. And like I said, AJ's feet are better than Wilder's."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 12-26-2018

Wilder sparks AJ out, and Fury schools him Joshua does not have Fury's range/style/movement/defence, so Wilder [B]WILL [/B]get to him at some point..... and then that happens..... tiiiiimberrr ! and Joshua does not have killer power..... he does not one-punch…

Comment by Froch_uppercut on 12-26-2018

Article starts off by saying something like "few people thought Fury could win.." This is just printed untruth. [B][I]Many people[/I][/B] thought Fury would do it. He opened as the favourite, drifted a bit, and on fight day the betting was…

Comment by Batfink on 12-26-2018

Timing movement conditioning reaction that’s what changes once you fight some one that’s excellent. Those are all experience based then you can make conscious adjustments such as increase jabs follow up more on certain punches identify which punches put the…

Comment by Batfink on 12-26-2018

Interesting points but I think when completing an analysis it’s important to move away from being one dimensional. My view on Joshua is he simply isn’t quick enough to catch fury and that wilder will knock you out if caught…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-26-2018

[QUOTE=apollocreed;19384948]Why are you so confident Joshua can take Wilder's power? He was buzzed by Whyte and Klitschko put him down hard. Richard Towers has sparred Klitschko and Wilder, he said Wilder hits far harder.[/QUOTE] I said as long as he…

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