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Claressa Shields believes Anthony Joshua has the superior skillset to beat Tyson Fury in their ‘Battle of Britain’ this summer. A showdown to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis. WBC champion Fury comes into the bout undefeated with Joshua once again IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) champion after avenging his shock to defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019. Shields believes ‘AJ’ has the skills and the heart to match to become unified champion.
“I think Tyson is great and a great opponent for AJ. But I’m on a roll with AJ,” Shields told VegasInsider.com. “I think he learnt a lot from the Andy Ruiz fight. I just think now AJ knows to over prepare, over focus, put boxing first. So I don’t think that he’ll be facing another defeat for a very, very long time.
“The keys to victories will be his head movement, his jab, body work and using his combinations and I think he’s been doing that very well in all of his fights. He’s just going to have to be perfect that night because Tyson Fury is someone to be reckoned with.
“Tyson Fury got a great jab, good footwork, movement, he holds some power, but I just think AJ brings more to the table skillswise. If AJ brings his A-game, focuses and uses all his skills; like I said, he’s going to need his jab intact, the head movement, the bodywork, everything in order to win that fight. Tyson Fury is going to have to fight his butt off too in order to beat AJ.
“I feel like AJ got a lot of heart, I see him get dropped by [Wladimir] Klitchko and get back up and I’m a huge supporter of him.”