Tony Bellew has told talkSPORT 2 that Deontay Wilder ‘has no class and no skillset’.
On Monday, Eddie Hearn officially confirmed that Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have signed their contracts for an undisputed heavyweight title showdown this year, with the bout depending on a site deal being finalised.
In reaction, Bellew reiterated his belief that AJ is the man to beast Fury and explained why Wilder failed to do so.
Bellew said on Fight Night Extra on talkSPORT 2: “Tyson Fury is very, very hard to work out, but I still stand by Anthony Joshua. I just think he will jump on him, he won’t care what’s coming back, and that’s the only way to beat Tyson Fury.
“It’s all well and good that Deontay Wilder was getting close to Tyson Fury and swinging big bombs.
“But listen, you could’ve stuck a first class stamp on them and they would’ve still been late getting there because of the style that he throws them with!
“There’s telegraphing punches and then there’s skimming the lights above the ring – that’s what Deontay Wilder was doing.
“His punches were that wild and that crude. He was out of control.
“He may have crazy power and he might be the biggest punching heavyweight since Mike Tyson, but he has no class and he has no skillset to match that power.
“So it’s like a bull in a china shop. He doesn’t know what he’s doing.
“He can’t set his attacks up, his jab was just useless in the fight, he didn’t know what to do.
“Even when he had Tyson Fury down and out [in their first bout] he couldn’t finish him.
“Think about this – if Tyson Fury gets dropped by Anthony Joshua, do you genuinely believe he’s going to be able to see out the round?
“Anthony Joshua is one of the best finishers – right now he’s the best finisher in the heavyweight division.”
Bellew was speaking to Fight Night Extra – every Monday night on talkSPORT2 4pm – 5pm, reviewing the weekend’s action and discussing the biggest stories from the worlds of Boxing & MMA. You can also hear the show on the Fight Night podcast feed.