Tony Bellew can see Anthony Joshua finishing Tyson Fury off early when they eventually meet.
Joshua won back his WBA, IBF and WBO titleswhen he overcame Andy Ruiz Jr last December, while Fury beat Deontay Wilder for the WBC championship in February.
The battle of Britain showdown would be among the biggest boxing fights in recent memory.
While much could change before they face off, WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew has outlined what he thinks would happen.
The ‘Bomber’ believes Joshua could prove too strong for Fury in the early rounds but should the fight go the distance, then Fury will benefit.
Bellew toldThe Gary Newbon Sports Show: “I think he would jump on Tyson Fury and I think he would catch him pretty quickly.
“But don’t get me wrong, if that fight was to go past four or five rounds, I think Anthony Joshua would find himself in an awful lot of trouble.
“He has to get rid of someone like Tyson Fury and solve that puzzle and enigma that is Tyson Fury quickly because the more fights go on against him the harder it becomes.”
Both fighters have obstacles to overcome before going head-to-head.
Joshua will put his belts on the line against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, while Fury is contracted to face Wilder for a third time.
However, the fight could be further delayed with Oleksandr Usyk next in line for Joshua’s WBO belt and Dillian Whyte waiting to take on Fury.
And boxing promoter Eddie Hearn thinks Whyte should get a shot at Fury ahead of Joshua.
He toldBoxing Social: ”We don’t want the WBC to make Fury ‘franchise’ champion. Let him take care of his mandatory just like Joshua’s taking care of his.
“We don’t want to be elevated from ‘interim’ champ. He wants to fight the champion, he wants to fight Fury.
“Dillian Whyte actually has to take priority, in my opinion, over Anthony Joshua, to get that shot. We will do everything we can to deliver that.”