Britain’s Anthony Joshua has the capabilities to beat undefeated American Deontay Wilder, says former super-middleweight champion Carl Froch.
Unbeaten Joshua, 28, unified the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles with victory over Joseph Parker last month.
Wilder, 32, is unbeaten in 40 bouts and has reportedly offered the Briton a $50m (£35.9m) unification fight.
Froch told BBC Radio 5 live: “I think Joshua beats Wilder. It’s very tough, a hard fight, but I think he beats him.”
Wilder knocked out the previously unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz in the 10th round in New York last month to extend his record to 39 knockouts from his 40 professional bouts, the first of which was in 2008.
Promoter Eddie Hearn insisted this week that Joshua wants to “see the money” before agreeing to Wilder’s offer of a fight “in either London or Vegas”.
Froch told BBC Radio 5 live’s Friday Sports Panel: “It’s just exciting – I want to see this fight but I don’t think it’ll happen next unless this 50 million can be substantiated because they’d be silly to turn that down I think.
“But I think Joshua would be too good for him and he’ll beat him. Then when he’s beaten Deontay Wilder the world’s his oyster, he’s undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
“He can do what he wants, he can have a couple of steady defences and it quietens up all the critics and all the people that want to see him maybe get beaten or maybe be in hard fight, it quietens then, silences them down so I think strike whilst the iron’s hot, the fight’s there for him, if that 50 million is there for the taking, go and take it, go and win the fight.”