Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury’s mental edge over Deontay Wilder played a key role in the Gypsy King’s victory in Las Vegas.
Wilder suffered the first defeat of his professional career and lost the WBC heavyweight title after being stopped by Fury in the seventh round of their highly anticipated rematch.
Fury has been widely praised for his dominant display against the Bronze Bomber as he always looked in control throughout the fight.
And Joshua, who could face Fury in a unification fight later this year, believes the Gypsy King’s mindset gave him an advantage over Wilder.
‘Fury is very talented. Wilder is very talented,’ Joshua told Lucozade Sport’s The Running Show podcast.
‘They went in there and gave their best and one man came out on top.
‘Maybe Wilder thought it was going to be an easier fight because Fury had a long lay-off and had his own issues outside of the ring and stuff like that.
‘They were both physically conditioned for the fight but sometimes when you have been at rock bottom where Fury was the only way is up.
‘You can’t actually go any lower than that so he picked himself up and only he knew how high he took his heights. You can only let yourself get to rock bottom again.
‘I think he was at his highest height that night so it paid off for him.
‘Mentally he was at the best place possible and he just pulled off a great performance against a dangerous puncher.’
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