Peter Fury has told Anthony Joshua he will only defeat Wladimir Klitschko if he turns their heavyweight clash “into a street fight”, warning the undefeated Brit that there is no way he will be able to outpoint the former two-time world champion at Wembley Stadium.
Fury trained his nephew, Tyson, to a stunning points victory over Klitschko in November 2015, which has been acclaimed as one of the greatest ever upsets in heavyweight boxing.
Klitschko was completely dumbfounded by Fury’s defensive tactics, as well as his repeated switching to a southpaw stance and management of distance. He won the fight by unanimous decision, ending Klitshko’s 10-year reign at the top of his division.
However, despite advising his nephew to box defensively and outpoint Klitschko, Fury thinks that Joshua’s only hope of beating the 41-year-old is by sheer brute force.
“I don't see how Joshua is going to implement the style that Tyson used,” Fury told Sky Sports ahead of the fight. “If he tries to implement that type of boxing, there is only one winner. I think Wladimir will walk away with it.
“He's got to come for that knockout and he's got to bring it early. He's got to put Klitschko in shock, take him out of his stride, and rough him up properly. That is the only way he is going to handle Klitschko in my opinion.”
Joshua has won all of his 18 professional fights by knockout and has never been taken beyond the seventh round. 16 of his wins have meanwhile come inside the first three rounds – including in his last fight, against the American Éric Molina.
But Fury thinks that Joshua needs to be even more aggressive when he takes on Klitschko on April 29.
“Joshua has got to be a lot more aggressive, even than what he has been in the past,” said Fury. “He's got to really come to take him out. He's got to take it into a street fight.
“If he applies a boxing match to this, I think only one winner, because he's got to take Wladimir out of his stride, not give him the time to set himself, and not give Wladimir the time to get into a routine.”
The fight was set for May 6 in Auckland, New Zealand. It will now be rescheduled for later in the year.
Fury's promoter, Hennessy Sports, said in a statement that the British fighter has injured his lower back and has been advised by his physiotherapist to rest for "3-4 weeks before resuming training".
"Hughie has been declared medically unfit to box following a medical assessment," the statement said.
"Understandably, Hughie is devastated by the injury which has temporarily halted his dream of fighting for the world heavyweight title."