Fury favours Klitschko over AJ

02 February 2017 07:54:06 EST

Trainer Peter Fury feels Wladimir Klitschko's experience could give him the edge over Anthony Joshua in their 29th April heavyweight title fight.

Fury, who helped mastermind his nephew Tyson Fury's points win against Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015, which ended the Ukrainian's long reign as WBO, WBA 'super' and IBF champion, is eagerly-awaiting the showdown in front of a record-breaking 90,000 sell-out crowd at Wembley.

And, while 27-year-old 2012 Olympic gold medal winner and current IBF champion, Joshua, has won all 18 of his professional bouts to date and never been taken beyond the seventh round, Klitschko is a veteran of 68 fights and was unbeaten in more than 11 years until the Fury loss.

It all depends on what sort of Klitschko turns up on the night, but if we get a 100 per cent Klitschko then I think Joshua will have problems.

Peter Fury

Klitschko has not been in the ring since his defeat, but Fury still believes that if he arrives in top shape he could be more than a handful for the Watford fighter.

"I think this is the acid test for Anthony Joshua and if he comes through it he deserves maximum credit," Fury told Sky Sports.

"If Klitschko is hungry, on cue, and really wants those belts back it's going to be one hell of a fight.

"I'd have to slightly favour Klitschko because he has the experience but the question is whether Klitschko really has the desire to put his body through it all again, especially with the inactivity after being beaten by Tyson.

"It all depends on what sort of Klitschko turns up on the night, but if we get a 100 per cent Klitschko then I think Joshua will have problems."

However, Fury feels that if a rusty Klitschko shows up then it is likely to be his final appearance as a heavyweight boxer.

He said: "We just don't know if Wladimir will be hungry. He could be more hungry now than ever, or, after being inactive for so long, he could be coming back for the money, for one last pay cheque.

"He's almost 41. Is the desire there anymore? These are questions we won't know the answer to until that bell goes."

Joshua is 4/11 to win the fight, while Klitschko is 9/4 to win and reclaim the IBF title.

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