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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: AJ expects knockout win and explains why

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Anthony expecting a spectacular victory over Tyson Fury next year (Picture: PA)

Anthony Joshua is envisaging a knockout victory over Tyson Fury next year and says: ‘I want to take his head off his shoulders when that fight happens.’

The two British heavyweight world champions are set to collide in a huge unification bout next year, with both sides keen to confirm the bout for May 2021.

AJ holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles, while Fury brings the WBC and Ring Magainze straps to the table.

Despite holding less gold, the Gypsy King is the only unbeaten man coming into the fight and is the favourite with the bookmakers to walk away with all the hardware.

However, Joshua sees it differently, saying his ability to handle pressure and analyse opponents means he will be able to deal with Fury in a way that no other fighter has.

‘Relaxed, I can see everything he’s doing. I analyse it and react well.’ Joshua told iFL TV on how he sees the fight panning out.

‘I don’t want to say too much, but basically when I’m in front of him, for other people the boxer in front of them is moving at a million miles an hour.

‘But for me I know how to slow down the fighter and see everything that’s coming, so I can be in my zone and see everything that’s happening.

‘I’ve been on the big stage, so that’s helped me deal with a lot of pressure.

‘When you’re tense, if I flinch you react, you don’t know how to parry, defend, slip. I’ll just be very relaxed in there.’

Joshua sees this ability in Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who beat previously unbeaten Brit Callum Smith at the weekend in their super middleweight world title fight.

AJ will look to replicate the mindset of the Mexican against Fury, but insists he will have no specific strategy, other than to win.

Tyson Fury is the betting favourite against Joshua (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Very relaxed but very alert, kind of like Canelo. He doesn’t look like he comes out of first gear,’ continued Joshua.

‘You will just see a style that’s there to win.

‘I won’t go into the fight thinking “this is how I’m going to box.” I just know what it takes to win.

‘In my heart of hearts, I’ll do whatever I have to do to win and that’s my main priority. To do whatever it takes to win the fight.

‘The best strategy to have is finding a way to win, rather than a way I’m going to box, I’m just there to win.’

It appeared that AJ was leaving his options open but when questioned if he envisaged knocking Fury out, he was clear: ‘Yeah I do. Yeah I do.’

Taking a more graphic turn when talking to the Guardian, he said: ‘I want to take his head off his shoulders when that fight happens.’

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