Despite several hurdles, Anthony Joshua desperately wants to have a shot at the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury somewhere down the line. Although the fantasy fight has fallen through on several occasions, ‘AJ’ believes the matchup will be great for the sport of boxing.
However, the three-belt unified titlist will have to overpower Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 to advance further. Furthermore, Tyson Fury will also have to defend his belt against Deontay Wilder on October 9.
That said, Joshua continues to talk about Tyson Fury in several interviews. In the latest chat with Steve Bunce on the 5 Live Boxing Podcast, he once again shed light on the potential heavyweight thriller, sending several fans into a frenzy.
Anthony Joshua said, “Do I need Tyson Fury on my record? I need it. Fight good fighters and they bring out the best of you. We need it for boxing. Training camp is hard. To get better is very difficult in boxing. To fight Tyson Fury is a big challenge. I’m going to put that pressure on myself to actually get better.”
“Let’s see how far I can take myself during this period. It’ll be a good challenge mentally. Not about him, but because I actually want to do well.” (h/t BBC)
Joshua, 24-1, has 22 KOs under his belt in the professional boxing chain. He is one of the biggest hitters of the heavyweight division and has constantly proven his skills against elite-level opponents. But certain factors have caused him to be the underdog opposite Tyson Fury.
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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua – The inevitable comparison
For a long time in the division, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder were the three big undefeated heavyweight kingpins. However, Joshua’s shocking loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 pulled him out of the list. Although he could avenge the loss in a rematch, the sole defeat remained as a blueprint to crafting AJ’s doom.
Meanwhile, Tyson Fury vanquished Deontay Wilder in 2020 to remain the only undefeated boxer amongst the three. It might be bizarre to envision the in-ring scenario, based on these facts. But relying on Fury’s abilities that complement the mentioned factors, ‘The Gypsy King’ looks favorable to beat Anthony Joshua in a potential scrap.
How do you see the fight happening between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua?
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