Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury is the fight every fan of British boxing wants to see in 2018.
Speculation that the fight will happen next year has intensified after a flurry of tweets this week from Fury, who thanked the British Boxing Board of Control for giving him the ‘green light’ to return to action.
Fury, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko in his last fight back in November 2015, now has his sights set on a big-money bout against British boxing’s golden boy - and is certain he’d win.
The controversial 29-year-old believes his style is “unbeatable” and reckons that he’d defeat Joshua now - even though he’s been out of action for two years and weighs “25 stone”.
“My fight with @anthonyfjoshua will be won with my feet! Can't hit what you can't see! The best footwork in the game.” Fury added on Twitter. “I’m gonna stop you @anthonyfjoshua inside 8 rounds watch me go.”
Joshua failed to convince against Carlos Takam last weekend.
Although he was the better fighter and deserved his 20th consecutive career victory, everyone expected a more ruthless performance from the 28-year-old, whose reputation was enhanced after that thrilling victory over Klitschko back in April.
Gareth A Davies: What will happen if Fury and Joshua fight
With that performance fresh in the mind, what do boxing experts expect would happen if Fury and Joshua do find themselves head-to-head in the ring next year?
Gareth A Davies, one of Britain’s leading boxing writers, has told talkSPORT why he thinks Fury would end his rival’s reign and regain his titles.
“I do think that a very fit Tyson Fury would outbox Anthony Joshua nine times out of ten. No question, absolutely no question at all in my mind,” Davies, the talkSPORT presenter and Daily Telegraph boxing correspondent, said.
“He would do exactly what he did to Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 in Dusseldorf. He would paw at him with his long jab. It might not look good, but he would frustrate and befuddle and mess with Anthony Joshua.
“If he’s physically fit, he really wants it and he’s mentally ready… a totally fit Tyson Fury who is totally motivated would completely outbox Anthony Joshua right now - the Joshua that I’m looking at."
The big question is: will we get to see a ‘totally fit’ Tyson Fury again? Let’s hope so.
What do the bookies think will happen?
What about the bookmakers?
Even though the fight hasn’t been organised yet, Paddy Power are already taking bets on the outcome.
They have Joshua as the 8/13 favourite, with Fury priced at 5/4 and 33/1 for the draw.
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