This is the fight we are all waiting for… 2021 is looking like the year the two heavyweight giants will clash, after dominating the heavyweight division for a combined 30 years. Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are all set to square off in the ring this year, with no real obstacles in their way. It seems like just a matter of time before the biggest heavyweight boxing bout in a long time is official.
In the heavyweight division, there are 4 main belts, they are: The WBA, IBF, WBO and the WBC belts. These 4 belts are held by Joshua and Fury. When they fight, every belt will be on the line, meaning there will be one undisputed champion.
The fight will be a real spectacle, it will be between the chiselled, powerful puncher, Anthony Joshua and a giant, twinkle-toed, slick boxer, Tyson Fury. There is no doubt these two are the best heavyweights, and we will finally find out who comes out on top after years of debating.
Tyson Fury, also known as the Gypsy King, is the bookmakers favourite in this fight, with odds of 4/7 of winning, whereas Anthony Joshua is the so-called underdog at 7/4 to win.
Tyson Fury has a 3-inch height and reach advantage in this fight, standing at 6 foot 9 inches, with an 85-inch reach. For the more casual fans, this may not seem like much difference, but when the best are fighting the best, a fight can be determined by the smallest of margins, and a split second could change the fight dramatically. Heavyweight boxing is known for the unpredictability as one punch can end a fight.
Anthony Joshua has a near-perfect record of 25 fights, 24 wins (22 of them by knockout) and 1 loss. This loss was against the huge underdog Andy Ruiz, who nobody saw beating Anthony Joshua in a million years. This fight was a reminder that heavyweight boxing can change in a mini-second, whilst Anthony Joshua was letting his hands go, he got caught by a massive hook from Andy Ruiz which he couldn’t recover from. AJ (Anthony Joshua) lost this fight after the ref calling the bout off in the seventh round.
AJ almost silenced his critics in the rematch winning comfortably, and then went on to beat Pulev, a hard-hitting Bulgarian bulldozer in a devastating fashion. There are still questions on Anthony Joshua’s chin, and if he can take a punch, but thankfully for him, Tyson Fury isn’t notorious for his heavy hands.
Tyson Fury is a slick, invasive boxer who is yet to be beat. With a record of 31 fights, 30 wins and 1 draw. The draw was against arguably the hardest-hitting heavyweight ever, Deontay Wilder. This decision was quite a controversial one with most experts thinking Tyson Fury won the bout, despite being knocked down twice. Wilder and Fury met again in the ring 14 months later where Fury dominated the fight and forced Wilders corner to throw in the towel and pull him out of the fight.
Both fighters are very confident in their ability to win this fight, AJ has claimed he is going to knock Tyson Fury’s head off his shoulders, to which Fury responded with claiming he will beat Joshua in 4 rounds.
These two phenomenal athletes are training like madmen! AJ seems to be building up his strength by lifting supersized weights. He has been training with a weighted vest and a huge chain wrapped around his shoulders. Fury is working on his power too after hiring SugarHill Steward, a trainer who encourages fighters to knock their opponent out.
I have followed both of these fighters careers closely over the years and I struggle to think who will come out on top if they were to fight. But if I had to say, I think Tyson Fury is a bit too slick, and clever for AJ. I can see Tyson Fury winning on points or to stop AJ in the later rounds. Don’t get me wrong though, this fight could go either way.