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Oscar De La Hoya has his say on heavyweight debate

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Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are three heavyweights who have enjoyed success in the ring, but Oscar De La Hoya has had his say on who he thinks is king of the category.

American De La Hoya, who, since retiring from the sport, has worked as a boxing promoter, was impressed with Fury's battling draw with Wilder in Los Angeles earlier this month, but feels that Watford-native Joshua is the best fighter in the weight class.

De La Hoya, who is the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, reckons that Joshua, who has the  IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO belts to his name, is king of the heavyweight ring.

"(The best) to look at is Anthony Joshua. I think so," he shared, as quoted by Boxing News and Views.

"After watching Wilder and Fury I have mad respect for them. Both guys. Because look, I mean these guys were throwing bombs.

"I mean come on, Fury goes down, referee is counting him out, and all of a sudden you see the freaking undertaker getting up. It was crazy! So mad respect to both guys.

"I think Wilder did a great job, Fury did a great job, but the gate keeper in that division is Anthony Joshua.”

Joshua is due to return to boxing on April 13 at Wembley Stadium, and whilst Oleksandr Usyk has been tipped as a potential opponent, he is instead eyeing either the winner of the Fury v Wilder rematch.

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The rematch, which will follow the controversial drawn contest between the two fighters from December, is likely to take place in early 2019.

Meanwhile, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn believes Wilder should focus on securing a Joshua fight rather than a Fury rematch.

Hearn said: "Anthony Joshua has 75 per cent of the belts, but we want that 25 per cent. If he (Wilder) does want to create a legacy, he's got to fight Joshua, then he can fight Fury."

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Tyson Fury
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