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Two-time world heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko believes Anthony Joshua may find life tough in a fight against Deontay Wilder declaring it would be dangerous fight for the Nigerian-born British pugilist. Ukrainian Klitschko hung up his gloves after last year’s stoppage loss to Joshua, who went on to add the WBO strap to his WBA and IBF titles by out-pointing Joseph Parker in March. WBA champion Wilder holds the one major belt Joshua is yet to possess and Klitschko believes the American’s size and speed would make him a handful for his former foe. “It would be a dangerous fight for Joshua. I’m not saying he wouldn’t win it but Wilder has something,”
Klitschko said in an interview with the Times. “Due to his weight, he is extremely fast. He has good power in his hands and he’s extremely fast. Maybe he’s kind of wild in his technique but those punches are coming from who knows where. “He is hard to defend against – where is that punch going to land or which side is it coming from? Joshua has all-around more capability but Wilder is taller than Joshua and is faster than Joshua. “He doesn’t have the weight behind his punches but he is extremely fast, and it would depend upon what kind of mood both fighters were in.” According to Klitschko, Joshua would “hands down” beat Tyson Fury.
Fury previously held all three heavyweight belts after beating Klitschko on points in November 2015, though he has not fought since that famous triumph in Dusseldorf in November 2015. The 29-year-old is scheduled to make his long-awaited ring return on June 9, a move that increases the possibility of a money-spinning bout against fellow undefeated fighter Joshua at some stage in the future. However, having faced both men during his distinguished career, Klitschko is in no doubt over the outcome of a potential all-English showdown.