Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott believes Anthony Joshua will beat both Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou if he faces either of the two in a boxing ring.
Scott makes this judgment following Fury’s recent performance against Ngannou in Saudi Arabia as the Brit did not cruise to victory as many expected.
Cameroon’s Ngannou shocked the boxing world when he came close to defeating the WBC heavyweight champion in a 10-round non-title bout at Boulevard Hall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 28.
Fury almost surrendered his unbeaten record in what would’ve been one of the biggest upsets in sporting history.
The former UFC heavyweight champion had Britain’s Fury on the canvas in the third round only to lose through split decision by scores of 95-94, 94-95 and 93-96.
A result that many boxing fans around the world are not satisfied with.
Now other top contenders are lining up to face Ngannou, including former two-time WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua.
Joshua and Fury have been on a collision course for the best part of a decade but an official fight between both fighters still hasn’t materialised despite several efforts to get the contest on.
Scott believes that if Joshua faces a Fury similar to the one that fought Ngannou in a bout, the British-Nigerian will win the fight.
“Anthony Joshua against Fury? That Fury, he’ll beat, and I believe (Joshua will) beat Ngannou,” said Scott when speaking to ESNews.
“There is only one man who knocks him out cold, and I think we know who that is, Deontay Wilder.”
Joshua has been heavily linked with a fight against hard-hitting American Wilder, with his promoter Eddie Hearn previously saying they had agreed everything but that fight fell through and no contracts were ever signed between the two parties.
In a phenomenal rise to stardom, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Joshua became world champion in his 16th fight and knocked out his first 20 opponents including Klitschko in 2017 in the Ukrainian’s final bout in one of the greatest fights of all time.
Wilder held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to 2020, making 10 successful defences. He has only fought once since the second of his two losses to Fury in October 2021, beating Helenius in the first round.