Bellew expects “vicious finisher” Anthony Joshua to drop Tyson Fury
Tony Bellew expects Anthony Joshua to drop Tyson Fury when the two meet this summer in the ring.
After months of planning, the longstanding feud between the pair will be settled after a date was agreed for the duo to fight on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
For the first time in boxing history, all four belts will be on the line.
Joshua holds three of the titles, the WBA, WBO and IBF titles, while Fury is the WBC champion after beating Deontay Wilder.
In announcing the fight date in a video on Twitter, Fury said: "All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and I cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all times.
"This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet earth. Do not miss it."
And while bookmakers have made Fury the narrow favourite, Bellew reckons Joshua will down the Gypsy King during their contest.
He told told the 'Don't Tell Me The Score with Simon Mundie' podcast: "I think he (Joshua) catches Tyson.
"People are reading far too much into what happened against Deontay Wilder. Anthony Joshua is not Deontay Wilder.
"Anthony Joshua is a very accomplished excellent technical boxer fighter. Anthony Joshua is a former Olympic gold medalist.
Deontay Wilder was skimming the lights when he was trying to knock out Tyson fury in round twelve of the first fight.
"He was jumping off two feet in the air, swinging punches – a lunatic. Anthony Joshua is not going to take that approach.
"Don't get me wrong. He's only got six rounds to do it, in my opinion.
"Because after six rounds, if you can't figure out Tyson Fury in six rounds, you are not going to do it in twelve.
"I'm not saying it's going to be easy, but I do believe he'll catch him.
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"And if he does catch up and hit him, he's the most destructive finisher in the heavyweight division."
The last undisputed heavyweight champion was British legend Lennox Lewis from 1999 to 2000 – however, this was at a time when the WBO belt was not recognised as a worldwide title.
Bellew added: "He will finish Tyson Fury. Deontay Wilder dropped him twice. Anthony Joshua only has to drop them once and the fights done.
"He is the most vicious finisher that I've seen since Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson. That's how good a finisher he is. When he gets his man hurt, you do not survive."
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