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Johnny Nelson believes British boxing owes a lot to Tyson Fury at the moment

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Anthony Joshua has the heavyweight division at his feet at the moment and Carlos Takam is top of the queue of challengers.

The Cameroonian will challenge AJ for his IBF and WBC titles at Cardiff's Principality Stadium tonight and will be desperate to avenge his defeat to Joseph Parker last year. Joshua, though, is considered the overwhelming favourite with a record 19-0 and 19 knockouts.

Takam will prove a much tougher task than some fans are considering but it's tempting to speculate about AJ's 2018 bouts nonetheless.

Although the 36-year-old is the mandatory challenger, there's no doubting that clashes with Parker, Deontay Wilder and even the likes of David Haye would provide higher stakes, interest and excitement.

Perhaps the ultimate fight, however, would be Joshua v Tyson Fury.

Fury achieved the unthinkable in December 2015 when he completely outboxed none other than Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight champion of the world - augmenting interest around British boxing.

Nevertheless, that night in Germany was the beginning and end of that spike in interest with personal troubles keeping Fury out of the game ever since. 

Since then, Joshua has risen through the ranks and joined Fury in the exclusive club of boxers to defeat Klitschko and will be part of a record breaking indoor crowd for a boxing match today.

The buzz around AJ is simply undeniable and the sheer crowds at the weigh-in and media workout is testament to that.

Johnny Nelson has been loving the hype around British boxing, rejoicing in the weigh-in audience when he wasn't slamming Amir Khan for calling out Floyd Mayweather.

And he believes that the current popularity is owed - at least in part - to Fury.

Despite lamenting that the 'Gypsy King' will likely never return to the ring, despite talking up three fights in 2018, Nelson thinks he deserves credit.

Speaking to iFL Boxing he stated: "Personally don't see him fight again but I hope I'm wrong because I like what Fury brings to the table.

"It's because of him we're getting this. Like it or not, you have to give Tyson Fury credit."

"I just think to myself: will we see him? And I don't know."

Gauge how much credit Fury deserves yourself but one way the 29-year-old could fire popularity through the roof would be fighting AJ.

Go on Tyson, make it happen.

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Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua
Boxing
David Haye
Floyd Mayweather

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