Anthony Joshua has been warned he does not have the ability to beat a “reckless” Deontay Wilder.
The heavyweight superstars are in negotiations for a super-fight in December in Saudi Arabia.
SunSport reports that an esteemed British trainer Dominic Ingle has backed Wilder, 37, to win the proposed blockbuster bout in the Middle East.
Ingle told Boxing King Media: “The way Wilder is, he’s reckless when he fights – and Anthony Joshua isn’t.
“He’s got the reach, he’s got the recklessness, he’ll throw caution to the wind, he’s got the power and he’ll get off the floor and he’ll fight.
“He’s also boxed Tyson Fury three times, something Joshua hasn’t done. So you’ve got to give him full credit for how he is.
“I think it’d be a very difficult job for Anthony Joshua to beat Deontay Wilder. Very difficult. I don’t think he has the ability to.”
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Joshua, 33, returned to winning ways in April by beating Jermaine Franklin, 29, over the 12-round distance.
And now boxing bosses in Saudi are working on a deal for AJ to fight Wilder, which the American’s coach Malik Scott said is close to being agreed upon.
Scott told Betway, “Without going into too much detail about the business aspect of it, everything’s been said, talked about, negotiated, but nothing’s been signed.
“But signing is almost upon us. But the negotiations definitely are happening.
“The moves are being made. The business aspect is definitely being taken care of.
“And most of all Deontay Wilder is being taken care of and is going to get paid very well for his services, and that’s the most important part to me.”