The World Boxing Council’s heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, has backed British boxer Anthony Joshua to defeat Ukrainian fighter Oleksandr Usyk in a heavyweight title fight.
On September 25, Joshua will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation, and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles against Usyk.
The fight will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
“This guy Usyk is no mug,” Fury said ahead of the fight on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail.
“Joshua is fighting a tough battle. Is it my intention for him to win? Definitely. Because beating up Usyk does not make as much sense or money as beating up Joshua in the big fights that everyone wants to see.”
“I watch all the big boxing matches,” Fury added. Every single thing that occurs. Of course, I’d be watching a heavyweight title fight.
This is a foregone conclusion. I’m hoping that this bodybuilder doesn’t lose.”
Meanwhile, Joshua is set to face Fury later this year, after both boxers agreed to the first of their two heavyweight blockbusters in March.
The heavyweight fight’s venue and date have yet to be officially confirmed.