Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua debate ahead of potential heavyweight fight
Tyson Fury may have to face Deontay Wilder for a third time in his next fight – but that hasn't stopped us dreaming of a showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Fury's dominant win over Wilder last weekend saw him crowned heavyweight world champion for a second time with all four belts now residing in Britain.
Unless Wilder can be convinced to step aside and skip the trilogy fight, boxing fans will have to wait until at least the end of this year for Fury vs Joshua.
But that hasn't stopped debate raging over who would come out on top, and here, we predict the winner of the fight should it materialise…
I think Fury beats Joshua; I think he'll look to box him on the front foot.
Anyone who wants to stick and move against Joshua will struggle; Joseph Parker struggled with that.
He's slightly taller which is something both men have to contend with but he's coming off the back of beating Wilder who is a big guy.
I make Fury the favourite in that fight, I think he beats Joshua.
FURY vs JOSHUA
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Deontay Wilder 13/8
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Tyson Fury would have to be the favourite in any super-fight with Anthony Joshua .
A clash between the two world heavyweight champions for the undisputed title could happen at the end of this year and it would easily be the biggest fight in British boxing history.
Fury would rightly head into the contest as the division’s No 1 as holder of the Ring Magazine and WBC belts.
He proved he is the ultimate boxer in his seven-round destruction of the previously-unbeaten Deontay Wilder by punching out the puncher.
Many observers did not believe he could fight on the front foot as expertly as he did.
In destroying Wilder, he showed he has the complete tool kit and that he can box on either the front or back foot, as he did so brilliantly when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua does not have this variation in his locker and generally he has to rely on his power to stop opponents.
He did show a more disciplined side in his wins over Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Junior, but neither could be classed as elite level and certainly nowhere near Fury’s class.
Ruiz also exposed Joshua in dismantling him in June and showed the world that he is chinny.
Fury got up when he was twice felled by Wilder in their first fight and will believe he can swallow Joshua’s best shot.
This limits Joshua’s chances of victory, while Fury will feel he has the option of fighting on either the front or back foot.
Fourteen months ago, before Fury drew with Wilder in Los Angeles, we debated who the best heavyweight in the world was.
Back then I said it was Fury and that it wasn't particularly close and nothing in that first fight dissuaded me from that opinion.
So it's fair to say more than a year on and after Joshua's two fights with Andy Ruiz Jr, and Fury's stunning win last weekend, I'd back the Gypsy King every day of the week.
Fury could again have a weight advantage of up to 40lb against his fellow countryman and I can see him bullying Joshua into submission.
And although he may well stick to the style which saw him dismantle Wilder, Fury is more than capable of out-boxing Joshua, especially with no fears about home favouritism.
This is reinforced by Joshua's performance in his first fight against Ruiz whose fast hands caused the Brit all sorts of problems.
Coupled with Joshua's performance in the rematch receiving far more praise than it was due, this could be an easy night's work for Fury.
At the moment, it is hard to look past Fury as the best heavyweight on the planet given his demolition of Deontay Wilder.
He would be the favourite against Anthony Joshua in what would be one of the biggest sporting events in British history.
But Joshua could not be written off, and there is plenty of intrigue regarding what sort of style we will see from the Brit after learning the lessons of his Andy Ruiz Jr defeat.
He boxed behind the jab superbly to win the rematch, and although Fury would be a much tougher opponent, he’d need to use all those skills again to win.
Fury demolished Wilder boxing on the front foot but Joshua is a much bigger, stronger physical specimen. It is highly doubtful he could just walk down and overpower Joshua as he did with Wilder.
The pair would most likely meet in the middle of the ring and although I would still give Fury the edge, it would certainly be a tougher night of work than he had against Wilder second time around.
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