TYSON FURY would beat Anthony Joshua as he is the best heavyweight in the world, claimed Paulie Malignaggi.
The American veteran, 39, predicted the Gypsy King would make his British rival look like a "midget" if they ever met in the ring.
Fury, 31, is still planning to take on Joshua, 30, in December after his third and final fight against Deontay Wilder.
The 6ft 9in heavyweight has confirmed his plans to retire after a unification fight against his British rival.
And Malignaggi has predicted Fury will go out with a win as he's too "big and strong" for AJ.
He told FightHype: "I think Fury is the best heavyweight in the world, so I think Fury [would beat Joshua], I'd love to see it.
"I think Joshua is a guy who wants to learn and is passionate about his boxing.
"I think Fury is more technically gifted, he's a six feet nine guy who moves around like an athlete, it's very difficult.
"He's very, very nimble and it's hard to catch up to him and when you do, you're like a midget compared to him.
"You can't be rough with him because he's too big and strong, he's a difficult guy to deal with."
The Gypsy King weighed in at a whopping 19st 7lbs before his historic win over Wilder last month.
It was later revealed that he guzzled 16 pints of water before the weigh-in to trick his American opponent.
Joshua stands at 6ft 6ins and weighed in at just 16st 13lbs before he snatched his belts back from Andy Ruiz Jr in December.
The Watford-born bruiser is set to take on Kubrat Pulev in June – but the fight could be ditched if coronavirus continues to cause further delays.
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