Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury’s recent career decisions have shown his ‘new’ steely determination to regain a world heavyweight title in 2020.
Joshua started his second spell as a unified title holder after a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, with Fury hoping to join him as a world champion in a second fight against Deontay Wilder.
American Sugarhill Steward has replaced Ben Davison as the trainer for Wilder-Fury 2, which is expected to be staged in February after the Brit relocated his career to the US, enhancing his physical condition and profile ahead of victories over Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin.
And Joshua told Sky Sports: “Fury has taken some relatively soft-touch fights to get his confidence back and is going into the new year as a new man with a new team and a new mindset.
“He must feel something within him that is new, and he wants to be the new heavyweight champion.
“He can beat Wilder providing he follows his game-plan for the 12 rounds.”
Joshua has backed Fury to dethrone Wilder, even offering to assist his preparations by becoming a sparring partner.
But WBC champion Wilder showcased his explosive power in the first meeting with Fury, salvaging a draw with two knockdowns, and most recently knocked out Luis Ortiz while trailing on the scorecards.