Wladimir Klitschko has revealed his belief that Anthony Joshua could beat Tyson Fury if the two Brits were to cross paths now.
Speaking to the press ahead of his bout with Fury on November 28, as reported by Sky Sports, the heavyweight king also insisted that former foe David Haye would knock his upcoming opponent out if they met in the ring.
The war of words between Klitschko and Fury has continued in recent days as the countdown continues to their showdown for the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.
“David Haye would have knocked out Tyson Fury if that fight had happened,” he said at his Austrian training camp.
“I fought David Haye and I’ve sparred Joshua and can tell you David Haye would have knocked Tyson Fury out if he had taken that fight.
“Anthony Joshua is still raw but improved a lot so I think he would (beat Fury), yes. He would win that fight too.”
While it remains to be seen what Haye decides to do after spending three years out of the ring, largely due to shoulder surgery after being forced to pull out of two scheduled fights with Fury, Joshua returns to the ring on December 12 to face domestic rival Dillian Whyte.
Much will depend on the outcome of November 28 in seeing how the landscape of the heavyweight division shifts, but it promises to be an intriguing few weeks as WBC champion Deontay Wilder looks on and lines up possible clashes with his rivals in 2016 too.