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Johnny Nelson predicts outcome of Anthony Joshua clash with Tyson Fury as he reveals ‘both boxers want this fight’


JOHNNY NELSON has backed Anthony Joshua to beat Tyson Fury with the pair expected to face each other in 2021.

The duo - who hold all four heavyweight world title belts between then - have agreed terms on a two-fight deal for next year.

And AJ's promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed he is ready to send out a formal contract for the undisputed domestic dust-up.

But both men must first win in their next outing, with Joshua, 30, to face his IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev, while Fury, 32, pits his wits against Deontay Wilder for a third time.

Despite many believing that Fury is the No1 heavyweight on the planet, former WBO cruiserweight champion Nelson believes Joshua is the better all-round fighter.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the Sky Sports pundit said: "Fury might say that AJ is scared and running, but both fighters want this fight.

"Both fighters are fighting men and confident of getting the win – so let’s never get that confused.

“This is something they want. Once they get their commitments out of the way they’ll be no more excuses."

Pressed on who wins, he added: "That’s the tricky one. I’ve gone public in saying I think Anthony Joshua is the all-round better fighter.

"I think Tyson Fury is better tactically and the more technically equipped, but AJ is the all-rounder.

“He can fight, he can box, he’s an athlete. Tyson Fury is a boxer.

"I think both men are now at a stage where they’ve done so much and learned so much in their careers that they’re so neck and neck.

“But, I’d go with Anthony Joshua because he’s shown me a lot more variety in his arsenal."

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