British boxing legend Frank Bruno is backing 'The Gypsy King' Tyson Fury to defeat two-time world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in their proposed undisputed world heavyweight title fight this summer, stating that the WBC champion is 'very dangerous' and insisting AJ 'needs more discipline' in the ring.
Former WBC world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has backed current WBC ruler Tyson Fury to beat unified champ Anthony Joshua in their highly-anticipated fight for the undisputed world heavyweight crown this summer.
A fight between the two British rivals is close to being agreed, according to Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, following a two-fight financial agreement which was signed between the pair last year.
Fury is unbeaten, while Joshua's sole loss came against skilful Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, and ex-world heavyweight champion believes the Gypsy King has the advantage and is a much better fighter than people give him credit for.
'He is a very dangerous guy because he doesn't give a monkey's who's in front of him. He is a much better fighter than a lot of people give him credit for.
'He can move, he can punch, and he knows how to wind up his opponents with all different sorts of stuff.'
Meanwhile, Bruno, who competed from 1982 to 1996 and fought Mike Tyson twice, says Joshua - who is a year younger than Fury at 31 - still 'has a lot to learn.'
The 59-year-old, scoring 38 knockouts in 40 wins and giving him a 95% knockout-to-win ratio, also struggled to comprehend how Joshua lost to Ruiz in June 2019, on a nightmare American debut for AJ when he was knocked down four times before the referee stopped the contest in the seventh round.
'Anthony Joshua is very hungry as well but he still has a lot to learn,' the likeable Londoner added. 'He needs a little bit more discipline and I don't know how he lost to that guy Andy Ruiz Junior.
'I haven't got anything against Joshua but Fury is a very underestimated guy and he's a force to be reckoned with.'
Plans are going ahead for a July date though and with the admittance of fans crucial, Wembley Stadium has not yet been ruled out, with the UK's roadmap planning for an end to social restrictions by June 21.
Hearn gave an update over the weekend, telling Sky Sports: 'We are very close. (On Sunday) both guys will be presented with the options for a fight in the summer. Joshua doesn't talk much about fights - but he talks when it's close. You can feel the excitement building.
'We are in a great place with several offers on the table. I'm quietly confident. It was nice to see Fury post with enthusiasm because he feels that we are close.
'The teams will get together. I will try to see Bob Arum on Tuesday. We're nearly there. We have worked really hard and we don't want to give in.
'We're in a good place, nice and close. I can't do any more than I'm doing. People know that we're on the verge.
'Both guys are desperate to get moving. Joshua wants a date for the start of his camp. This is the sporting event of 2021. One lucky site will get good news next week and the whole world will stop to watch this fight.'