'Deontay Wilder could knock out a HORSE!' - Barry McGuigan

Thursday, September 13th, 2018 11:05am

By James Gray @jamestingray

Deontay Wilder is not the most dangerous heavyweight in the world in Barry McGuigan's eyes but the former featherweight champion knows the American is not short of power.

Wilder appeared in the ring alongside Tyson Fury last month to confirm their intention to face off for WBC heavyweight world title later this year.

Promoter Frank Warren has yet to confirm a date or venue but has also quelled rumours that the bout might be in jeopardy, as has his charge Fury.

And while McGuigan is confident that the fight will go ahead, he reckons the self-styled "Gypsy King" has bitten off more than he can chew.

"The interesting fight will of course be Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder," McGuigan told The Brian Moore Show.

"I don't think Fury has had enough rounds under his belt.

"There's a difference between the level of opposition up to now and then suddenly fighting someone like Deontay Wilder. He's very, very dangerous.

"He could hit you from the back of the room and when he hits you, he could knock out a horse! He's phenomenally powerful."

Assuming Wilder and Fury do meet in the ring, the winner is in line for a heavyweight unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

But the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world champion must first take care of Alexander Povetkin, his mandatory challenger, on September 22 at Wembley.

"Anthony Joshua is undoubtedly the most exciting heavyweight in the world and the most dangerous heavyweight in the world," McGuigan added.

"I think he will knock Povetkin out. It might take a bit of time, he might get hit a few times early on but I doubt very much whether it will make a difference.

"I think he's going to steamroll this guy and knock him out."

Joshua was taken the 12-round heavyweight distance for the first time in March when he outpointed Joseph Parker in Cardiff.

Some fight fans criticised the British knockout specialist for a "boring" performance but Joshua himself appears to be taking no notice.

“I am the No 1 in the division, I ain’t got to show anything,” Joshua said.Anthony Joshua CROPPED

“Name me a fighter that has a better record than me after 22 fights?

"Ever since the amateurs, nonstop I have been on top of my game.

“I proved myself time and again at the top level. If people aren’t satisfied with it now, they never will be. Look at Floyd Mayweather.

"They are never happy with him and he is one of the greatest of all time. History is all that matters. I will prove myself.”

Catch The Brian Moore Show every weekday from 3pm until 7pm or listen to the full Barry McGuigan interview below

More from Love Sport Exclusives