While Joseph Parker is expected to be Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, many boxing fans are eagerly anticipating an all-British clash against returning heavyweight Tyson Fury.
If any boxer can knock Joshua off of his throne, it’s Fury. The 29-year-old is an awkward fighter, as Wladimir Klitschko found out in 2015, and possesses the speed to cause anyone problems.
This is, of course, presuming Fury can return to the same level that saw him become a heavyweight champion two years ago.
Fury’s career since that victory over Klitschko has been bounced from one low to another but he is free to box again after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban.
The Gypsy King has posted several videos on Instagram of himself getting back in shape as he plots his return. Barring any setbacks, the comeback is well and truly on.
And that is great news to anyone who appreciates good boxing. Joshua has faced very little problems in his 20 fights so far but he’s yet to come up against anyone like Fury.
Indeed, Ricky Hatton seems convinced that Fury would inflict the first defeat on Joshua’s unblemished record.
"I wouldn't say this for it to backfire on me, but I think he'd stand Joshua on his head," Hatton told the Manchester Evening News in November.
George Foreman was asked about AJ vs Fury
Eddie Hearn would have no concerns about selling out the bout and the number of pay-per-views would be astronomical.
But before it goes ahead, someone might want to let George Foreman know a little bit about Fury.
Foreman's claim about Fury
The American boxing legend was asked for his thoughts on a potential Joshua versus Fury and he managed to humiliate Fury with his answer.
“Sorry. I don’t know anything about that nor the fighter,” Foreman said, per The Sun.
Like, what? This is the person who once stormed into a press conference dressed as Batman and became a heavyweight champion just two years ago.
The episode is made all the more weird when you find out that Foreman spoke about Fury in a 2016 interview with the Telegraph.
“Fury is distinctive. He’s the maverick. And I think that right now he is at the height of his popularity,” Foreman said.
“Sorry to say, but his troubles brought that. Nobody paid much attention before but now you read that ‘boxer suffers this and that’ and he becomes the same as the rest of us out there.
“We want to see more of him. It makes him human. We need him, boxing needs him – and he needs us. We all need boxing to get better, so I hope he instantly gets back on his feet.”
Very odd indeed.