ANTHONY JOHSUA will be left red-faced when Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder later this year, according to Ricky Hatton.
Joshua defends his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO belts against Russian Alexander Povetkin on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
Ricky Hatton says Tyson Fury will knock out Deontay Wilder in December[/caption]
A unification bout with WBC champion Wilder has been put on the back-burner, which allowed Fury to agree a fight with the American later this year. A date is yet to be set.
Hatton told SunSport: “Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn have been negotiating the Wilder fight for two years.
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“In those two years, Tyson has lost eight stone in weight, had two warm up fights and says he’s fighting him in December.
“Imagine that: while they’ve been negotiating who gets that money, and who gets this money, Tyson has battled all his demons, had two warm up fights and then flattens him.
Hatton says it would be embarrassing for Anthony Joshua if Fury beats Wilder[/caption]
Hatton spoke exclusively to SunSport from his gym in Hyde[/caption]
Joshua is set to fight Russian Alexander Povetkin on Saturday[/caption]
“I like Anthony Joshua – I think he’s everything that is good for boxing – but it would look a bit embarrassing for Anthony that while he’s been negotiating it Tyson has done all that.”
Asked whether he expected a knockout, the former light-welterweight and welterweight world champion said: “Oh, yeah, Tyson is an absolute f***ing nightmare.”
Fury, 30, beat Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta this summer in his comeback after three years out when he lost his boxing licence for testing positive to a banned steroid and was battling depression.
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Hatton said: “I used to see him out in Manchester and he’d be the size of 10 houses.
“He’d say I’m getting back in the gym next week, Rick, and next week I’d see him out again. I thought he’s not going to do it but he has.
“It was when people started bad mouthing him, ‘look at the size of the fat bastard, he’s never going to come back’. He used that as his fire to prove them wrong.”