We’ve seen Tyson Fury face off against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and we’ve heard Wilder confirm that at some point he will face off against Anthony Joshua, but could we see Joshua take on Fury?
Both Fury and Joshua have upcoming fights in June, with the IBF, WBA (Super) and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua taking on Andy Ruiz Jr on 1st June, while Fury is set to face Tom Schwarz on 15th June.
Joshua is the heavy favorite to win against Ruiz Jr according to Paddy Power, but we wonder if he’d be favorite if a clash between him and Fury materialized?
Fury’s glorious career
Tyson Fury was dominant up until he quit boxing in 2015 following a battle with mental health. His win against Wladimir Klitschko at the end of November 2015 resulted in Fury holding the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight championships all at the same time.
The fight against Klitschko was much-anticipated and the Gypsy King proved that he was indeed the best in the business. He is undefeated to date, with the only blotch on his record being the draw with Wilder last year.
On his return, he defeated Albanian boxer Sefer Seferi in four rounds. Seferi retired after receiving some heavy blows from Fury, and with the huge 66-pound difference in weight, it’s no wonder that the career cruiserweight was unable to continue against the Gypsy King.
Joshua’s stock is on the rise
While Fury might have been the best in the business, without a single championship around his waist, it’s hard for him to back up any claim to being the best at the present moment. Anthony Joshua, on the other hand, has the IBF, WBA (Super), IBO and WBO heavyweight championships.
The champion can also boast about having produced a better result against Wladimir Klitschko than Fury. The Gypsy King defeated the Ukrainian by unanimous decision, while AJ was able to defeat Klitschko by technical knock-out in the 11th round.
Most would admit that Klitschko was a shadow of the fighter he was when he faced off against Joshua, but the Brit won’t care. The fact is, he defeated one of the greatest heavyweight boxers by TKO and regardless of what stage he was in his career, Joshua knows he has the ability to beat all challengers.
AJ has taken on some tough opponents over the last couple of years, and his stock is only likely to continue to rise. It will take a monumental effort from someone in order to stop him from taking all of the gold.
Will we see it happen?
Although Wilder has already said he expects him to fight AJ in the future, there is nothing to suggest that it will happen any time soon. While on the other hand, there is talk that Wilder will face off against Fury next spring, and it could be the case that the winner of that fight goes on to face AJ to decide the true undisputed heavyweight boxing champion.
Their last fight may have ended in a draw, but Fury has looked good despite his long absence from the sport. If he can find his feet in the rematch, then he could easily defeat Wilder and set up a big fight against Joshua.