Anthony Joshua would “absolutely butcher” Deontay Wilder in a fight, according to Eddie Hearn. Hearn analysed how a boxing match between Wilder and Joshua would go and predicted that the British heavyweight would replicate Tyson Fury’s achievement.
But now, I just think [Joshua] would absolutely butcher him
New WBC champion Fury triumphed over The Bronze Bomber in a seven-round onslaught before the American boxer’s trainer threw in the towel in February.
The Gypsy King extended his whopping 31-fight undefeated streak and ended Wilder’s in the process in what marked a thrilling night in Las Vegas.
And Hearn believes Joshua would hand the former WBC Champion his second loss in much more dominant fashion should the two stars ever cross paths.
The promoter admits Wilder would be a dangerous opponent for AJ but still has full faith in his fighter’s abilities.
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Hearn told Boxing Scene: “Joshua vs Wilder’s still an amazing fight, still very dangerous for Anthony. But now, I just think [Joshua] would absolutely butcher him.
“But again, still a very exciting fight. I just think that whole thing Deontay had, as well as the punch, was that you have to be careful.
“And Fury just went in and said, ‘I’m not gonna bother being careful and slap you around.’
“But Wilder was terrible. Fury was really good, and it was a great game plan.
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“But let’s have it right, and I don’t even like saying it because people are like, ‘You’re not giving Fury the credit,’ but Wilder was terrible from the first round.”
But a dream match between the two heavyweights is currently highly unlikely as they have different schedules ahead of them.
Joshua is set to battle Kubrat Pulev on June 20 and Wilder has triggered his rematch clause for a trilogy clash with Fury, which could take place on July 18.
Fury has also expressed his wish to take on AJ in the future as he claims this sort of fight would “complete” his career.
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He said: “I’ve got another old fella across the pond who might want a little tickle.
“Then that is it then. It’s completed. Done.
“I need to enjoy this. Deontay will need time to recover. I am sure he will take a rematch as he is a dynamite puncher and with that you are always in the fight.
“Whoever is next will get the same treatment, that is for sure.
“This was written in the stars a million miles away – before I was born I was destined to do what I do.”
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