‘Then what?’ Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are expected to be humiliated by Usyk and Wilder.
Shannon Briggs believes that Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder have the ability to upset the apple cart in the next undisputed fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Shannon Briggs, a two-time heavyweight champion, believes Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will lose their projected fights against Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder, respectively, putting the British duo’s prospective unification battle in jeopardy. Joshua and Fury were dangerously near to agreeing to fight for all the marbles in August, but the latter’s commitment to entertain Wilder for a third time put the brakes on the potential of a summer blockbuster.
The tournament was set to take place in Saudi Arabia, with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn saying that a brand-new arena will be built specifically for the event.
As a result, Joshua has been obliged to face Usyk, the WBO champion’s mandatory challenger.
Meanwhile, Fury will face Wilder for the third time on July 24, with the American challenger looking to reclaim the WBC title he lost to the ‘Gypsy King’ last year.
After being forced to settle for a draw at the end of their first fight, the 35-year-old was knocked out in the seventh round 15 months ago, but Briggs believes his compatriot has every opportunity of redeeming himself at the third time of asking.
“I think Fury had the incorrect idea,” the 49-year-old told Sky Sports. “What happens if this guy knocks out Fury? It is conceivable. Is there going to be a fourth fight?
“It’s impossible for Fury to sleep on Wilder. We have to take this for what it is, a 200-pound man? He shouldn’t be hitting that hard with those thin legs!
“However, he hits sickeningly hard. It’s unusual to strike so forcefully. But he can’t stop himself from backing up.”
Briggs also backed Usyk ahead of the former cruiserweight champion’s fight with Joshua, predicting an upset if the fight goes into the later rounds.
The Ukrainian challenger will enter the competition fresh off a strong win over Derek Chisora in October.
“Usyk vs. Wilder is the bout to prepare for! We may need to prepare for that,” he continued.
“It’s going to be a long, hard war. “Brinkwire Summary News” type of man.