British boxing legend criticises Anthony Joshua ahead of potential Deontay Wilder fight
Former Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison has made his prediction for a potential fight between the two former world heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
Following back-to-back losses to unified champion Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua returned to winning ways in April with a unanimous decision victory against Jermaine Franklin.
When it comes to what's next for Joshua, he is expecting to fight in the summer before facing Wilder towards the end of 2023.
It's a fight which fans have been craving for many years and one which splits opinion when it comes to who will emerge victorious, and Harrison is the latest name to give his views on the matchup.
"Deontay Wilder has got a dangerous right hand, he’s very explosive and mentally, even though he’s lost to Fury, he seems like he’s got a rejuvenation fire," Harrison told Bettingsites.co.uk.
"We’re not seeing that in Joshua in terms of his spirit, and sometimes that’s what you need in a fight. That confidence that he had, that swagger that he had, in terms of momentum right now, you’d have to go with Wilder.
"Deontay is trying to find himself. Malik Scott is in a good place with Deontay and they clearly have something good they’re building on."
Harrison also explained why Joshua's decision to frequently change trainers has led to him picking Wilder to come out on top against the former two-time world champion.
"Joshua tried Robert Garcia, now he’s changed trainers again, obviously with a great trainer (Derrick James), but it will take time to gel and for the trainer to implement the stuff that he’s been working on," Harrison continued.
"I think right now if they fight it would be a very exciting fight, but I’d probably go with Wilder. You can’t count AJ out, he’s always in great shape.
"Style wise if Joshua is coming forward in this fight and he doesn’t back up as much, but obviously you have a guy throwing big right hands, so it’s a tough assignment for Joshua but it’s definitely one that if he could find that fire, have a great training camp, he’d definitely be in the fight."