Former WBA Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves has laid out his prediction ahead of the proposed heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
Joshua and Wilder have been linked to a mouth-watering battle since 2018 when they were both champions, in what would have been the first undisputed heavyweight bout of the four-belt era, a mantle now claimed by the upcoming Fury-Usyk fight.
However, five years on, the pair have been strongly rumoured to finally meet in the ring. The two former champions fight on the same card this weekend which could possibly tee-up their long-awaited clash.
‘AJ’ faces Swedish heavyweight contender, Otto Wallin, under his fourth trainer in five fights, with Ben Davison taking the reins in the hope of going one better than he and Tyson Fury did against Wallin, by knocking the scrappy southpaw out.
Meanwhile, after partaking in just one round since his October 2021 loss to Fury, Wilder faces former WBO world champion Joseph Parker, in what will be the Kiwi’s fourth fight of the year, where he’ll be hoping that activity is enough to upset the odds and dent the world title ambitions of ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
In an interview with TNT Sports Boxing, Groves looks ahead to Joshua-Wilder, but explained that the magnitude of the fight may lead it to become less of a firefight than the public are expecting.
“I think it won’t necessarily be that couple of rounds of gunslinging, I think both fighters will be cautious, they’ll be conscious of each other’s power, Joshua in particular will maybe be safety-first. At longer range, I think Wilder is more dangerous and I can just see him landing that shot that wins him the fight.”