Peter Fury has had his say on the fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko and admitted he got his predictions wrong.
Joshua got back up from the canvas to blow away Klitschko in the eleventh round adding the IBO and WBA ‘super’ to his mantlepiece late last month.
“I got it totally wrong. I backed Joshua in first four and Klitschko to knock him out so what we did see is both men go down and we have seen a very good fight,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.
“There’s no doubt about it, Joshua was nearly finished in round five. It took him all of the rest of that round and took him up to the sixth and seventh to recover up with Klitschko being over cautious.
“From what I saw in the later rounds was basically Wladimir giving Joshua time to recover. It allowed him to recover and he made another vicious assault which is what AJ did in the eleventh and it was all over.”
Asked if a younger Klitschko would have got Joshua out the ring before the seventh, the trainer responded:
“He’s not younger though, the fight wouldn’t have been made if he was younger. Both men collided and the better man won.”
With a rematch in the contract clause between Joshua and Klitschko, there has been speculation over the chance of the pair fighting each other again. The mentor who guided Tyson Fury to victory over Klitschko in 2015, believes there very well could be another fight between the duo.
“I can see the rematch happening as it was an entertaining fight. Klitschko will be looking at the fight and kicking himself thinking why did I not go over there and take him out? Some of the left hooks he was throwing, you wouldn’t have thought he had been in 66 fights. He was throwing that left hook like a telegram first. He may as well have sent him a letter though in the post.”
However, Fury insisted time had finally caught up with the two-time champion.
“You also got to look at the occasion in front of 90,000 people, both men wanted it badly but if the roles had reversed and Joshua caught Klitschko with the same shot then he wouldn’t have been let to recover, he would have been out, done and finished in round five.
“I think time has caught him up, he couldn’t reach his gears and that’s where he failed in the fight, he couldn’t finish him off and I think that’s because of age.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95