Anthony Joshua believes Deontay Wilder will beat Tyson Fury if they go ahead with their fight.
A date and a venue has not been confirmed but promoter Frank Warren is adamant that the bout will take place before the end of the year.
Fury, who remains undefeated, has won both of his comeback fights after returning to the ring in June following a 31-month absence.
Wilder, meanwhile, is the current WBC heavyweight champion and boasts a record of 40-0.
And Joshua believes Fury’s hiatus from the ring could go against him in a contest against the Alabama fighter.
Asked who he think would win between Wilder and Fury, Joshua said: “Wilder… he’s just active.
“It’s hard when you’ve been inactive, Wilder has been active.
“And he’s a top-level fighter. He’s a world champion.
“He’s an Olympian, so he knows what he’s doing. So I think Wilder will win just for those reasons.”