Joe Joyce offers a comparison between sparring with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury

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Heavyweight contender Joe Joyce has offered timely comparison's between the two of the biggest names in British boxing right now, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, having sparred with the latter recently.

On Saturday, Fury takes on WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a hugely anticipated bout at the Staples Centre. On the undercard, Joyce is also set to appear against Joe Hanks in just his seventh professional fight.

The unbeaten Commonwealth champ - Joyce is on a hot streak as he faces the experienced American, but with all eyes on the main event, Joyce has recently been asked to weigh in on the difference between Britain's undefeated giants.

Having sparred more with Joshua, during AJ's rise to become a unified world champion, the 33-year-old first spoke about their numerous battles inside the ring.

"He has a really strong guard, I used to enjoy having a tear up with him, when he'd come forward and throw lots of shots. He's really strong," Joyce told iFL TV.

"His arms are just so big, so it's really just trying to get through them.

"He's very quick and he's got them uppercuts, hooks that are very damaging."

(Skip to 18:40 below to see Joyce speak on Joshua and Fury)

Where Joyce had to be wary of Joshua's explosive nature, when it came to facing Fury it was all about concentrating on his movement.

"Tyson he's got really great footwork. He's so big, his arms are long so he can lean on the ropes, move his head, flicks jabs at you, switch, turn, you don't know where he's going.

"If he comes forward at you with shots, you don't know where they are coming from."

Joshua v Fury is a fight that many hope and expect to see in the future, as Fury's nimble and quick approach will test Joshua more than anyone prior.

Joseph Parker has proven AJ's toughest opponent to date as the 26-year-old's agility made it hard for Joshua to find that knockout-blow.

When asked who was more difficult to box, Joyce said:

"It's hard to answer, with Tyson, you're more likely to get outboxed. If you're not paying attention, you're more likely to get jabbed to death.

"Whereas with Joshua, you're more worried about getting hit cleanly, so when he comes forward winging shots at you, you have to watch out.

"The more recent spars when he was professional and I was preparing for Rio he was more on the backfoot like working with his jab. He wasn't really coming forward and having a war with me."

With less than a week to go before Wilder v Fury, a victory for the Gypsy King will no doubt fuel rumours of an impending showdown with Joshua towards the end of 2019.

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