Anthony Joshua has claimed that new WBC champion Tyson Fury had a ‘mental advantage’ over fierce rival Deontay Wilder in their blockbuster rematch.
Fury delivered a boxing masterclass last month as he dropped Wilder twice as he technically knocked out the former champion in the seventh round.
Joshua, who has been heavily linked with a unification bout with Fury, believes that the ‘Gypsy King’ was mentally “at the best place possible.”
Joshua told Lucozade Sport’s Running The Show podcast that “Fury is very talented. Wilder is very talented. They went in there and gave their best and one man came out on top.
“Maybe Wilder thought it was going to be an easier fight because Fury had a long layoff and had his own issues outside of the ring and stuff like that.
“They were both physically conditioned for the fight, but sometimes when you have been at rock bottom where Fury was the only way is up. You can’t actually go any lower than that, so he picked himself up and only he knew how high he took his heights.
“You can only let yourself get to rock bottom again. I think he was at his highest height that night so it paid off for him. Mentally he was at the best place possible and he just pulled off a great performance against a dangerous puncher.”
Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum, has announced that the third fight between Fury and Wilder will take place in Las Vegas on 18th July.
Joshua hasn’t fought since he recaptured the world heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr last December in Saudi Arabia.
But Joshua is now scheduled to defend his championship crown against IBF mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, on 20th June at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.