There are two fights in which Tyson Fury will find no equal, according to one of his most loved predecessors. In the estimation of Frank Bruno, Anthony Joshua would have about as slim a hope against Fury down the line as Deontay Wilder will this weekend.
The first of those names would get ‘schooled’ in a battle of Britain, should it ever happen, and Fury can be expected to win by stoppage over Wilder.
They are forthright predictions from Bruno, who seems to have lost none of the power from his jab ahead of his 60th birthday next month.
Of the task awaiting Fury on Saturday in Las Vegas, when the WBC world champion will fight Wilder for a third time after a win and a draw, Bruno said: ‘Wilder is a very dangerous and hard puncher. Don’t get stupid because this guy’s got pure power but nothing else. I think Tyson’s got it under control. Tyson Fury will knock him out.’
Boxing icon Frank Bruno (left) expects Tyson Fury (right) to overcome Deontay Wilder
Joshua will fare little better against Fury, in Bruno’s view.
He said: ‘Tyson Fury is much better than people give him credit for. He could go on a night out, get up in the morning and fight 20 rounds because that’s how he’s built. He’s got more determination, more character. Boxing-wise Tyson would school Joshua, twist him up.’
He added: ‘Joshua has a lot of “yes” people around him. As long as he keeps it low down, builds, he can get his belts back. I was shocked to see him get beat like that (by Oleksandr Usyk last month).’ With Fury, Bruno has found common ground between fighting and mental health, so it is perhaps no surprise to hear him speak so favourably about a 33-year-old who divides opinion.
While there is little disputing that Fury is currently the best fighter in the heavyweight division, his reputation has suffered from his past comments and ban for an anti-doping violation.
Bruno insists 'Wilder is a very dangerous and hard puncher' – but says