Tyson Fury is the best heavyweight boxer in the world and would beat British rival Anthony Joshua in ‘six or seven rounds’, according to Billy Joe Saunders.
Fury completed his remarkable comeback in Las Vegas on Saturday night, battering American fighter Deontay Wilder to a seventh-round stoppage and becoming the new WBC world heavyweight champion.
Saunders hailed Fury’s sensational performance and slammed Wilder after he claimed the heavy costume he wore during his ring-walk contributed to his defeat.
‘Deontay Wilder was everyone’s hit man, everyone’s favourite. Tyson boxed his head off in the first fight so for me it was just a matter of getting in the ring [for the rematch] and doing the job,’ Saunders told iFL TV.
‘How he did the job was absolutely class. I’ve been in boxing since I was five and I don’t think there’s a heavyweight on this planet that can touch him.
‘He’s too big, too strong and too quick. He moves just as fast as me. He’s done our country proud and brought the WBC title back.’
Former two-weight world champion Saunders added on Wilder: ‘Just take your beating like a man.
‘You tried it on with a fragile, overweight man [in 2018] and you still got your head boxed off. You should have learnt then and swerved him.
‘He got smashed, annihilated by the better man. This [the costume excuse] doesn’t make sense. You got beat. He’s still done well, you can’t call him a bum because he’s got beaten by the best heavyweight in the world.’
Joshua reclaimed his world titles by beating Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia in December but Saunders cannot see the former Olympic champion troubling Fury.
‘AJ has done some big, big things for boxing. He’s done some brilliant things and I like him, he’s a good boxer,’ Saunders said.
‘I probably put him in as the second best but there’s no comparisons are there? I think Wilder takes the rematch clause. He’s got no choice, who else is he going to fight now?
‘I want to see Tyson v AJ because I want to see Tyson with all the belts. It’s a big fight to make. But people saying “AJ will win”… just give over.
‘I just don’t think Joshua’s style will cause Tyson any trouble at all. If they want to box, Tyson is two inches taller. So if they want to stay off and keep it long then there’s only one winner.
‘If he wants to mix it up and have a fight, Joshua was getting tired after four rounds against Ruiz. Imagine Tyson laying on him and mauling him.
‘Tyson can take those shots. Tyson wasn’t even at his best. I know Tyson will only have one or two more fights. If they boxed [Fury v AJ], I don’t want to sound biased but I can see it being one-sided and only lasting six or seven rounds.’
Despite talk of an all-British bout between Fury and Joshua intensifying following the Wilder knockout, the American is expected to activate a clause in his contract to fight Fury for a third time later in the year.
Asked for his prediction for the potential trilogy fight, Saunders added: ‘When that happens to a fighter, something leaves their soul. I’ve seen it with guys I’ve fought before.
‘Something leaves them. All that build-up and pressure, I don’t think Wilder could cope with all that again. I think it would be like an amateur right, four rounds and finished.’
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