Anthony Joshua expects Deontay Wilder to beat Dominic Breazeale, but is hoping his rival heavyweight champion fails to stop the challenger quicker than he did.
Breazeale took on Joshua in 2016, but was knocked out in the seventh round in AJ’s first defence of his IBF title.
Wilder accepted the fight with Breazeale due to his mandatory status with the WBC, and Joshua is backing the Bronze Bomber to claim another knockout.
‘Styles make fights, I think Wilder will fare well against Breazeale,’ Joshua told Sky Sports.
‘I think Wilder is too quick, he’s a very, very fast heavyweight, but Breazeale is tough, took me seven rounds.
‘I hope Wilder does it in nine, so I can be like ‘hey I done it earlier’.
‘You know how it is, comparisons and stuff, but yeah it will be interesting to see.
‘You look at the small things, I look at the small details – when he’s getting tired, how many right hands he throws in a round.
‘I look at something different, rather than comparisons to the rounds.’
Joshua admitted he would be keeping a close eye on Wilder’s fight, with the three-belt world champion targeting a unification with his rival next year.
Wilder and Joshua have so far failed to come to terms to face each other – with both men blaming each other for talks breaking down.
Joshua is scheduled to make his debut in America on 1 June against Andy Ruiz Jr, with fight fans hoping that clash will lay the groundwork for a showdown with Wilder next year.
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