Deontay Wilder will beat Anthony Joshua as he is 'faster and more power', insists legend Evander Holyfield

Deontay Wilder will beat Anthony Joshua as he is 'faster and more power', insists legend Evander Holyfield

The former cruiserweight and heavyweight king claimed the WBC champion is a more dangerous fighter than WBA, IBF and WBO unified king Anthony Joshua.


Talking to TMZ Sports, Holyfield, who beat Mike Tyson twice, cited Wilder’s speed and power makes him a greater heavyweight than Britain’s Joshua.

Holyfield said: "All of them are good. With me personally, I think it's Deontay [Wilder]- regardless of the last fight with Fury.

“When you knock a guy down like that, and he's down for four seconds – they usually stop it.
They don't wait for the guy to get up.

"I think Deontay [is the best at heavyweight], but I think skill-wise I can say Anthony Joshua, but he won't fight [the best].


“Until you fight somebody it don't really make a difference.

"Deontay stand a chance to beat any of them guys, because he got the knockout power and he's quicker than a lot of guys think he is. He gets better in each and every fight."

Wilder, 33, looked set to rematch Tyson Fury, 30 this year – after the pair fought to a contentious split-decision draw in December, where the Gyspy King was unfortunate not to claim the WBC title.

The rematch looked to be in limbo, however, after Fury signed an £80million deal with American promoter Bob Arum and ESPN – who are rivals to Showtime, Wilder’s regular broadcaster.



However, Wilder insisted he is a free agent meaning he is open to fight Fury on ESPN – this led to Top Rank chief Arum revealing he sent an offer to the WBC champion.

Shelly Finkel, The Bronze Bomber’s co-manager, revealed he has received the offer to fight Fury, and will review the deal in place.

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