Tyson Fury warns Anthony Joshua that Oleksandr Usyk is ‘too cute, smart and quick’ for Brit rival ahead of rematch British banger Joshua, 32, was outpointed by the unbeaten Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
But he is looking for instant revenge on August 20 in Saudi Arabia as he aims to win back the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world titles.
AJ has even swapped trainers for the dust-up after axing Rob McCracken for Robert Garcia.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has urged the 2012 Olympic gold medallist to let his hands go and be aggressive when he pits his wits against Usyk for a second time.
But WBC king Fury believes Joshua’s tactic of going on the front foot will prove detrimental in his bid to become a three-time world champion.
Speaking to Pitch Boxing of the upcoming clash, the Gypsy King said: “I just think Usyk’s too cute for him. Too smart, too quick and a southpaw.
“I think with Robert Garcia trying to train him to go on the front foot and be aggressive will only enable Usyk to land more often.
“I just don’t see it but then again, what do I know.
“In heavyweight boxing it only takes one punch. It wasn’t a complete landslide last time, Usyk had a lot of marks on his face he was cut up.
“He’s not hard to hit, Usyk, he’s right there in front of you so obviously Joshua can land a big punch on him.
“Anyone can win a fight as we’ve seen many, many times. It’s a good time to beat Usyk now because he’s been at war for however long. If ever he was going to be off his ball, now is the time.
“I just think that Usyk’s too good of a boxer for AJ and I don’t think AJ has got the ability to pressurise him for 12 rounds, drag him into a dog fight and knock him out.
“You have to be an elite, special human being for that and I don’t think Joshua possesses that will to win to do that.
“He’s happy to come second place, he’s too easily happy to come second position. If your willingly settled for second, say no more.”
Fury hit out at Joshua last week after claiming he turned down the chance to fight him six times, as he labelled him as a “prima donna”.