Anthony Joshua claims he will knock out Tyson Fury in the "first six rounds'

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Anthony Joshua offered a prediction for his planned heavyweight championship unification showdown with fellow Brit Tyson Fury during a recent television appearance.

Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO world titles, having regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr. when he avenged the one blemish on his professional record.

He's seen by many as the underdog against undefeated WBC titleholder Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), if the two are indeed able to finalise terms on the biggest fight the division currently has to offer sometime next year.

"I have a lot of respect for the man," Joshua said on Sky One's panel show "A League Of Their Own."

"He's a good family man and a good fighter, but on the other hand, I want to break his head.

"First six rounds, I think, well I know, I'm going to take him out then."

The bout edged closer to reality when Alexander Povetkin stunned mandatory WBC challenger Dillian Whyte at Matchroom's fourth and final Fight Camp card on Saturday.

The WBC had ordered the winner of Fury's trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder to defend against Whyte, but now the "Body Snatcher" must defeat the Russian in a rematch before he can attempt to reinstate that position with the governing body.

This may give Joshua and Fury — whose representatives had already agreed to a fight in principle for the future — the chance to get it done in the summer of 2021, after Fury has fought Wilder again and Joshua has taken on Kubrat Pulev in a contest Eddie Hearn hopes will happen before the end of the year.

On the subject of facing Fury, Joshua went on to explain why he will have the edge.

"I have had a shorter career, so I'm fresher," explained the 30-year-old.

"I've been in the deep end longer, so I can handle the pressure and I believe I'm going to take him out.

"Fury drew the first and then rejigged his game plan and took Wilder out and schooled him, really.

"But I think I'm faster than Wilder anyway, call it what you want. I believe I'm better."

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