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Lennox Lewis weighs in with his prediction on what would happen if Fury fought Joshua

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The boxing world has had a couple of days to reflect on the great spectacle that was Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury.

The contest resulted in a draw, but many were unhappy with that decision and believed Fury had done enough to secure the victory on points, despite twice being knocked down by Wilder.

There is now expected to be a rematch between the pair, postponing the potential for Anthony Joshua to step into the ring with either the Bronze Bomber or the Gypsy King, representing the only disappointment in the two clashing once more.

However, that hasn’t stopped the talk from many about who would win if Joshua was to face either Wilder or Fury, and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has had his say on Joshua and the potential bouts.

Speaking to BBC 5live Sportsweek, Lewis stated: “I think Joshua is a gladiator.

"Obviously I wish he could have been in there and he probably wants to fight one of these guys after seeing them fight. He knows what they’ve got now so he’ll probably take that chance, talk to his manager and say ‘yeah I want to fight these guys.’”

Pessimists believe Joshua would price Wilder and Fury out of a historic bout, but Lewis thinks Joshua has lost his strong bargaining position.

“Yeah I don’t think they can really do that right now because both boxers tonight proved themselves,” Lewis claimed.

“Actually, he’s lost money! He has to give them more money now because of the fact that the public is demanding and want to see a good fight.”

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin - World Heavyweight Title Fight

Lewis was then quizzed on who believes would win if Joshua came up against either Wilder or Fury.

Lewis stuck with the Brits and claimed that Joshua would beat Wilder, as he is the “better boxer”, but believes the Gypsy King would edge a bout with AJ.

“I think Fury would win because of the aspect of his boxing,” Lewis began.

“It’s difficult to hit a guy that can’t get hit. If you look at Deontay, Deontay didn’t catch up with him until the later rounds and the only reason he caught up with him was because in the later rounds you get tired, and he can’t move as swiftly as the earlier rounds.”

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Lewis’ claim that Fury would edge Joshua is only going to add to the anticipation of that mouthwatering potential bout and create more debate about who would be victorious.

If one thing is for certain, there are going to be some huge heavyweight fights in the not too distant future.

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Lennox Lewis
Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury
Boxing

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