Anthony Joshua has destroyed every opponent he has faced by knockout, and his record of 17 wins from 17 fights is highly impressive. The 26-year-old is currently ranked as the world’s sixth best heavyweight boxer by The Ring magazine, but a win against one of the biggest names in boxing would help him move up a few more rungs of the ladder.
Joshua has been called out to face some of the world’s best in boxing to prove his worth, and a bout with Tyson Fury is something that the Joshua camp wants to work towards in the near future. Fury is also undefeated, and has a slightly better record than that of Joshua with 25 wins.
According to Sky Sports News, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has let slip initial talks with Fury’s team have taken place over a unification bout for the IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight belts . This was before Joshua’s recent defeat of Dominic Breazeale to retain the IBF Heavyweight title, and that win will surely have caused negotiations to move forward at a faster rate.
Although Fury had previously stated that he wanted to retire from boxing after his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, his uncle and trainer, Peter Fury, put an end to speculation by saying that the Gypsy King would fight on for the next decade.There is no doubt that an all English match-up between the two would be a box office sensation, and it is certainly a case of when, rather than if this fight will take place. As of early August, Joshua is at odds of 8/11 in the boxing betting to win any future fight between the two, while Fury can be backed at 11/10 to emerge victorious. Lennox Lewis believes that Fury would beat Joshua were they to meet right now, and told the BBC that the current IBF Heavyweight champion needs a few more fights before he can make the step up. But Joshua has said himself that he would “walk through” Fury should the two of them meet in the ring.
Fury bet £1000 on Joshua to lose against Charles Martin in April, and said he “would slay the lamb”.
Before facing Fury, there is also the possibility of a match-up between Joshua and David Haye. The 35-year-old who has previously defeated six world champions, believes that a bout between himself and Joshua would be the “biggest ever British heavyweight clash”. The Hayemaker, who pulled out of two fights against Fury in 2013, has warned Joshua that Fury is notoriously hard to deal with, and arranging a fight may prove difficult.
In the meantime, Joshua is due to face Joseph Parker before November this year. The New Zealand-born boxer has a hugely impressive record to rival that of the Watford man. The 24-year-old has won 20 out of 20 professional fights, 17 of which were by knockout.
Joshua is looking forward to meeting some of the bigger names in boxing, as he strives to continue his unblemished record. There is little doubt that a clash with Fury would give the up-and-coming star a chance to cement himself as one of the best in the world.