World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he’d back WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders to beat pound-for-pound star Gennady Golovkin if the middleweights were to face each other in the ring.

Fury, who boxed alongside Saunders for England and Great Britain as an amateur, told iFl TV’s Kugan Cassius that he’s so confident his old pal would defeat the Kazakhstani terror that he’d put money on it.

He said: “I think it’s a good fight for Billy. I fought Klitschko and he was the best in the division. If I can beat Klitschko at 5/1 underdog then Billy can beat Golovkin, why not? Boxing is all about doing what the other fighter doesn’t like and I’m sure that the Tibbs will figure out a good game plan if the fight does happen and I’m sure Billy will win it. Me and Billy Joe Saunders are winners; it’s what we do.”

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Saunders won big when his close friend and fellow traveller spectacularly dethroned heavyweight icon Wladimir Klitschko in one of boxing’s biggest upsets in recent years. The undefeated middleweight was so convinced Fury would upset the odds that he bet £5,000 on him to win at 7/2, netting him a cool £22,500. World number one Fury says he’ll be making a trip to his local bookies to back Saunders if he takes on Golovkin.

“When I watch boxing there’s always two dead certs; even when we were in the England Amateurs and all that me and Billy were always dead certs to win. I have no reason to disbelieve that he’s still a dead cert to win against anyone. If that fight does happen with Golovkin I will be backing Billy Joe Saunders in the bookies, no problem. I’d back him against Golovkin any day off the week,” said Fury.