Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward admits Anthony Joshua will be a “very dangerous package” when the British rivals finally meet in the ring.
This week Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed that the pair have signed a deal for two world heavyweight title unification bouts, finally putting an end to their long-running saga.
Joshua beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA titles and set up the prospect of a mouth-watering clash with fellow Briton Fury, the WBC belt holder.
And now a blockbuster showdown is on the horizon, the mind games have already started with Fury’s camp identifying five qualities that make Joshua a massive threat.
SugarHill, speaking via the MyBettingSites.co.uk blog, said: “He’s got a ton of experience, he’s got the height, good balance, good power, timing.
“There’s so much that Anthony Joshua has – that’s a very dangerous package.”
Joshua eased past Pulev in his last fight in December while Fury has not fought since his rematch win over Deontay Wilder over a year ago.
SugarHill added: “He [Joshua] showed a lot of good things in that fight [Pulev], I was very impressed.
“His patience, he was relentless, he was pushing the issue. It was impressive. Anthony Joshua is a dangerous fight period. From what I saw in that fight he really put his stuff together.
“I thought he took the risks. He didn’t fight anything like he fought against Ruiz the second time. That’s the one he didn’t take the risks in. He fought with a different style and now I believe he’s comfortable with it.
“He did take risks in that Pulev fight, he didn’t shy away and just wait – he was right there. He was aggressive and I thought it was a great fight and great performance by Anthony Joshua.
“Anthony Joshua is one of the top fighters in the division, one of the top fighters in the world, with his skills and experience.
“He’s one of those guys who keeps practicing. It’s going to be a tough fight.”
Hearn’s announcement came just days after Fury insisted in an interview with iFL TV that the fight against Joshua was “nowhere near” being made.
Fury added that he had stopped training and was drinking up to 12 pints of lager a day.
But SugarHill insists Fury is ready for war – having learn from mistakes in his previous fights.
The coach added: “He understands more what his weaknesses are now, so he’s able to steer clear of those moments and knows how to correct them.
“I didn’t see any down moments, or any moments where I had to hold his hand. We feed off each other. If I am feeling a bit – maybe not down but just not up – then that’s what he’s there for.
“And the same the other way around. We work together all day so it does not allow either one of us to go into a slump or feeling down because there’s one of us that’ll bring the other back up.
“That’s naturally who we are as people; happy fun people. And to be around someone else like that, when do you have time to think about not enjoying life and having fun?
“Tyson enjoys training and I enjoy teaching him. I am a lot like Tyson, really. I’m crazy. Outside of boxing and certain situations.
“I am able to adapt to my environment, but when I’m at work, we’re working. Tyson loves a good challenge and so do I. He’s always up for a challenge and to prove somebody wrong.”