Canelo Alvarez backs Anthony Joshua to beat Tyson Fury in style

Canelo Alvarez knows plenty about huge main events (Picture: Getty Images)

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has backed Anthony Joshua to upset the odds and not only beat, but stop, Tyson Fury in their propsed fight in 2021.

The fight is far from signed, but Joshua and Fury are expected to meet for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world in the first half of 2021, as long as fans can return to watch the action by then.

Joshua will be bringing his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles to the party, while Fury holds the WBC and Ring Magazine belts, meaning the winner will leave with all the heavyweight hardware – as long as the WBO do not enforce Oleksandr Usyk’s mandatory bout and throw a spanner in the works.

Canelo, who holds world titles at middle and super middleweight after his victory over Callum Smith earlier this month, sees a clear winner in the monumental contest, and it is not the bookmakers’ favourite.

The Mexican superstar, who has won world titles in four weight divisions, sees Joshua winning the bout by stoppage, specifically scoring the knockout as the fight heads into the championship rounds.

‘AJ wins by late stoppage,’ Canelo told Sky Sports.

‘AJ has that raw power which will make Fury think about boxing him more than beating him up.

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are expected to fight next year (Pictures: Getty)

‘As Joshua gets his second wind in the later rounds, that’s when he’ll land a shot on Fury and knock him out.’

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has confirmed that they will not hold the super fight without a live crowd, but is hoping to get fans back in and the bout to be staged before the summer.

‘We are close, contracts have been going backwards and forwards,’ Hearn told DAZN.

‘The main thing is to get an agreement in place but we are in a very difficult period right now where we don’t know where we can get crowds for that time of year, May or June.

‘The first thing to do is agree terms in full and then to go out and secure a date and venue for that fight.’

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