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Anthony Joshua beating Deontay Wilder means nothing, says Tyson Fury’s promoter

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Former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) looks set to clash with former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42) in Saudi Arabia in January following his seventh-round knockout victory over Robert Helenius 32-5 (21) last weekend.

But not everyone sees this as a compelling contest between two big punchers that could end at any second.

Frank Warren, co-promoter of current WBC champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24), says there is not much to get excited about.

Fury has fought Wilder three times for two wins and a draw. Both of his victories came via knockout with Wilder hitting the deck five times.

Warren has penciled in Wilder to come out victorious against Joshua with the caveat that if it goes the other way, there’s still nothing to write home about.

“Tyson’s beaten Wilder three times, so if [Joshua] beats Wilder, if he does, and I don’t think he will – so what!,” the Queensberry Promotions boss said to Boxing Social.

“Tyson’s beaten him three times and probably taken a lot of miles off of his clock in the fights that he had with Tyson.

“Tyson did a job on him, especially in that third fight, he had Tyson down as well, it was a tough fight. Wilder didn’t come out of that fight physically well I don’t think. I don’t think he’ll beat Wilder by the way, but that’s irrelevant – I don’t think he’ll beat Wilder.”

As for Joshua’s win over late replacement Helenius at the O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday, Warren was similarly unimpressed.

“He caught him with a big shot. But, let’s get it right, he’s a guy who’s got a big punch and the other guy when he fights at that level he usually gets knocked out when he steps up,” he said.

“You’ve not learnt anymore about AJ in that fight coming out of it than going into it.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn sees the fight with Wilder as close to an even matchup

“I think that he can beat Deontay Wilder comfortably, but he could also get beat by Deontay Wilder,” the Matchroom Boxing chief said after the Helenius victory.

“The good thing is he got – what was it – seven rounds in against a tall opponent who can punch a bit with the backhand. I think it’s difficult to replicate certainly the power of Deontay Wilder. But I’ve always felt that AJ can outbox Deontay Wilder.

“I prefer him to box tentatively than his old style against Deontay Wilder. I know he can beat him with that style as well, but I would like to see him box Deontay Wilder, try and break him down.

“If he lands the right hand on Wilder like that, the fight’s over. And vice versa, if Wilder lands a right hand. That’s why it’s one of the best fights in boxing.”