Steve Collins: Anthony Joshua has ‘so much more he needs to learn’

Steve Collins has tipped Tyson Fury to defeat Anthony Joshua when the two heavyweights finally collide in their proposed two-fight unification series.

Eddie Hearn revealed last week that contracts were signed by the two men for the fight to finally take place, although neither a date nor a venue has been confirmed.

The Matchoom Boxing supremo joined talkSPORT to dismiss claims the first fight could be delayed until later in the year to maximise the site fee, with multiple offers coming in from across the world to host the fight.

Not since Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis crossed paths has there been an undisputed heavyweight world title fight, with this proposed fight being the first of the four-belt era.

With a summer date now firmly targeted by both teams representing Joshua and Fury, the thought of the two Brits finally colliding after years of verbal spars looks more and more likely.

Collins joined Fight Night on Saturday night to preview the bout and admitted although he is a huge fan of WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua, his lack of experience in comparison to ‘The Gypsy King’ is a concern.

Having knocked out Deontay Wilder in his last fight, Fury has emerged as a favourite already after showing he can box and brawl in equal measure. For Joshua, who has spent his entire career under Rob McCracken, Collins sees this as an issue.

“I’m a big fan of Anthony Joshua,” he told talkSPORT on Fight Night. “I think he is lovely, a great man.

“He is great for boxing, but my problem is there is so much more he can learn. He hasn’t had the education in boxing.

“He has had one coach – a very good coach – but all you know is what that coach taught him.

There is so much more he needs to learn, and hasn’t learned yet. And then I look at Fury, okay?

“I look at a man who is 6ft 9ins and moves like a middleweight, I mean, he is exceptional. How can a heavyweight be as mobile and as agile?

“Plus he is brave, tough and he can take a good shot and come back. I think he is so hard to beat.

“For me, he is the man who is going to win the fight.”

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