ANTHONY JOSHUA’s prediction for his blockbuster showdown with Tyson Fury has re-emerged following The Gypsy King’s knockout vow to Eddie Hearn.
The pair’s long-awaited undisputed heavyweight title fight is set to take place in Saudi Arabia in the summer, with July 24 and August 7 the targeted dates for the bout.
Fan favourite Joshua goes into the multi-million-pound Saudi showdown as an underdog, with many – including Fury – tipping him to be knocked out.
During an appearance on Hearn’s No Passion, No Point podcast, he said: “I will cut Anthony Joshua down like a hot knife through cheese.
“That’s how easy it’s going to be. That’s how easy it’s going to be.
“When he gets cracked with all them muscles right in the jaw, it’s like getting a boiled egg with a split down the middle, it can’t be repaired.
“He will go. I’ll even tell you what punch it’s going to be, I’ll even give my game plan away – it will be a check left hook straight to the temple.
“His legs will go and he’ll fall on his face. He may get back up and I’ll knock him out with the overhand right. Goodnight. Enough said.”
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Joshua, 31, has yet to respond to Fury’s bold prediction for the eagerly-anticipated Battle of Britain.
But AJ’s own forecast for the bout – which he made last summer – quickly started doing the rounds on social media after Fury’s latest pre-fight comments.
During an appearance on Sky One’s A League Of Their Own, the Olympian said: “First six rounds, I think.
“Well I know I’m going to take him out then. I have had a shorter career, so I’m fresher.
“I’ve been in the deep end longer so I can handle the pressure and I believe I’m going to take him out.
“Fury drew the first and then rejigged his game plan and took Wilder out and schooled him really.
“But I think I’m faster than Wilder anyway, call it what you want, I believe I’m better.”
Although he’s confident of getting the better of Fury, Joshua is under no illusions of the size of the task on his hands.
He told Watford hitman Troy Deeney: “Am I excited? I ain’t excited, it is what it is. I’m getting ready to walk through a brick wall and nothing is getting in my way.
“I’m ready to go through whatever pain, torture, adversity I have to go through in order to win, that’s why I’m really looking forward to it.
“I know I’m the man of this division and I will be for a long time.
“I came through this game quick and the way I had to learn was through mistakes, on the public stage as well.
“I came into this game not to take part but to take over, I feel I’m on a different wavelength and frequency.
“I do it with a smile on my face but I’m dedicated to these things.
“Recapping over Covid I thought, ‘Man, I’ve put a lot into this and now I need to back myself.’”