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Malik Scott believes Anthony Joshua can defeat Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua and trainer Robert Garcia. Photo credit: Getty Images

The trainer of Deontay Wilder believe former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has a genuine shot at defeating WBC heavyweight boss Tyson Fury.

The 32-year-old Joshua 24-3 (22) has agreed to a 60-40 purse split in favour of Fury 32-0-1 (23) with the fight expected to take place in the UK in either late November or early December. The final details of the contract are still being worked out.

Joshua will entered the fight fresh off his rematch loss to previous conqueror Oleksandr Usyk. Fury, 34, is coming off a sixth-round knockout of mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in April.

Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott is very familiar with Fury’s strength and weaknesses. His boxer went 0-2-1 against the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’.

The timing for the oft discussed Fury vs Joshua fight couldn’t be better, according to Scott, but he still has reservations about whether the fight will actually happen.

“It’s a great time for AJ to take the Fury fight,” Scott told Fair Betting Sites. “I believe AJ is in a mindset that he has something to prove. He wants to get back up on the horse. He wants to go again.

“Tyson and him have always wanted to fight each other, the big question, is it really going to happen? I mean, nowadays we’re just in the place where there is so much business and people are so selfish and everyone wants to be greedy.

“But what I like the most and what you have to give AJ credit for is he said whatever deal that they’re offering. You have to respect that, absolutely. He said whatever deal they offer me, I’ll take. He believes he can beat Tyson Fury. I believe AJ believes he can beat Tyson Fury.”

Fury will enter the fight as the bookmakers’ favourite, but Scott warned against writing Joshua off.

“It’s a tough job for AJ but in my opinion, he has a pedigree, he has a gold medal, he has ability,” Scott continued. “AJ can punch, he’s a strong kid. He’s big. It can almost come across, when you think about all those attributes, like, hold up, this is Anthony Joshua. Let’s back up. How could he not win?

“I think personally the people who are giving him no shot at all are crazy. I think people who are giving AJ no shot at all – that’s blasphemous. I do not agree with that at all.

“Fury’s been on fire. He’s been smoking everybody. Yeah, but he’s also more vulnerable than he’s ever been. Fury also gives you an opportunity to hit him more than he ever did too and in the heavyweight division, I just can’t have full confidence in someone that gives you an opportunity to hit them, I just can’t do that.

“He said it himself, he’s very vulnerable. He’s very vulnerable as a fighter. But that’s what makes him exciting as well.”