Tony Bellew believes a Dillian Whyte rematch could provide more problems for Anthony Joshua than potential Tyson Fury fight
Tony Bellew has explained to talkSPORT why he thinks Anthony Joshua would beat Tyson Fury, but could have ‘real problems’ in a rematch with Dillian Whyte.
The former WBC cruiserweight champion believes the contrasting styles and emotional differences between the two potential opponents could see Whyte provide AJ with a sterner test.
Regarding who wins a potential bout between Joshua and Fury, Bellew told White and Jordan: “Styles make fights.
“It’s crazy the way the heavyweight division’s working at the minute because I think there’s a couple of guys who do have a chance against Tyson Fury.
“I think AJ does beat Tyson Fury, but he’s got six rounds to do it. If it goes past six rounds, I don’t think he beats Tyson Fury.
“To beat Tyson Fury you’ve got to be willing to jump on him and not care what’s coming back.
“And I believe the only heavyweight in the world with the skillset, the speed and the accuracy who can do it is AJ.
“On the other hand, when it comes to matching other fighters up – I may think AJ beats Fury, but I think AJ has real problems going in with Dillian Whyte in a rematch because styles make fights.
“Dillian will put pressure on AJ and he’ll probably trade. Because it’s so fierce between them with the rivalry and the domestic stuff, he’d probably get caught up in a war and that’d be wrong.
“If AJ went in and boxed against someone like Dillian Whyte, he gives himself a much better opportunity.
“But when emotions take part, things get out of hand, you get caught up in the moment and you start trading.
“I think for AJ going in against Fury, he doesn’t get involved with any of that.
“He just literally jumps on him and throws and lets the punches go.
“AJ’s the fastest combination puncher in the heavyweight division since Mike Tyson.
“No-one throws punches in combinations with the speed, power and ferocity that AJ does.
“As I said, he’s got six rounds to do it against Fury. If them six rounds go past then I don’t see anybody beating Tyson Fury after six rounds.”