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Fury vs Joshua - Who Wins?

Posted 04 Nov 2022

The biggest British heavyweight bout in a generation. The challenger, Olympic gold medallist and former two time unified WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua. And the champion, the reigning and defending WBC title holder and undefeated lineal heavyweight champion of the world Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury.

Boxing fans around the world are crossing their fingers hoping that the superfight finally gets made, and if they do Fury vs Joshua tickets will be in unbelievably high demand. But if it does finally happen, who wins?

Let’s look at the tale of the tape.


Form

The past few years haven’t been kind to Anthony Joshua. A shock defeat at the hands of the less-than-athletic Mexican puncher Andy Ruiz, and back-to-back schoolings from Ukrainian maestro Oleksandr Usyk were punctuated by a solid knockout of the aging Kubrat Pulev and a nervy points victory in the Ruiz rematch.

In comparison, Fury is at the top of his game. Despite two years away from the sport with well-publicised mental health issues, Fury has returned to complete a thrilling trilogy with American power-puncher Deontay Wilder, before hammering Dillian Whyte into the canvas at Wembley. There’s no doubt here that Fury comes into the fight as the in-form boxer.

Winner: Tyson Fury

Past Opponents

The biggest criticism of Tyson Fury was that other than Klitschko, he’d never really fought anyone good. Christian Hammer and Steve Cunningham are hardly names to set the blood pumping, and Derek Chisora is the sort of fighters that good fighters beat, rather than a genuine challenger. But he did dethrone Wladimir Klitschko, and any questions about his quality of opponents were put to bed by a trilogy of amazing fights with the American champion Wilder.