Tony Bellew thinks Anthony Joshua would come out on top in a unification bout with Tyson Fury

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Time has not long passed since the ‘Gypsy King’ dismantled the ‘Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder in a fight that saw Tyson Fury take home the WBC heavyweight championship to become a two-time world heavyweight champion.

Fury won the bout by way of TKO in the seventh round after Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.

Deontay Wilder has, of course, got a rematch clause etched into his contract which he will more than likely look to take up; however, it is not the fight fans are wanting to see…

Rumours have been most certainly running rife amongst boxing fans all around the world with the consensus being that Fury should take on fellow Brit, Anthony Joshua in a unification bout to decide the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.

A fight between the two titleholders would light up the division like we haven’t seen it for years; both fighters are British icons and extremely popular amongst the British boxing fanbase.

Tony Bellew has weighed in on the rumours doing the rounds and has claimed that Anthony Joshua would be the one celebrating the victory if they were to do battle in a unification super fight.

Tony Bellew gave his thoughts when he appeared on Sky Sports Soccer AM this past Saturday; he went onto say:

"It's an amazing match up. I still believe styles make fights and everyone's going to say to me 'boo, you're sticking by Matchroom'.

He suggested that AJ’s style will be too difficult for Fury to handle.

"I believe that because Wilder has the bigger punch than AJ, but Wilder is not technically good enough to put Fury in a position to nail him and that's why he couldn't land on the night.

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"Anthony Joshua is technically good enough, you're talking about an Olympic gold medallist, a guy who is technically and fundamentally is good, he does have speed, he's a brilliant athlete, he functions the right way.

"I just feel that he would get to Fury. Don't get me wrong it would have to be within six rounds because anyone who goes past six rounds with someone like Fury you've lost. The guy's such an immense boxer, he can adapt in fights, he's versatile and he's just an amazing fighter.

"It's a fight we all want to see, and we have to see because if boxing's going to remain one of the premier sports in the world, we need to see the best face the best."


A unification bout is the obvious first choice for fans at the moment and would be a huge story, even for the neutral; however, it looks as though a trilogy fight between Wilder and Fury will be the likely option – which would put a major spanner in the works for any potential unification fight any time soon.

Wilder posted on his Twitter account:

"We will rise again. We will regain the title. I will be back. We hold our heads up high.

"Your king is in great spirit and we will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title. I will see you in a few months."

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn thinks differently; he is of the opinion that Wilder could take a back seat to allow for a unification bout to take place.

Tony Bellew went onto say that a fight between the two British heavyweights has to happen ‘sooner rather than later’.

He continued:

"It's just too big of a fight not to happen. Great Britain has got two of the best heavyweights in the world, they own four of the belts.

"Everyone's going to have their opinion of who's No 1 and who's not. I don't care who you want to label as No 1 and No 2, the main thing is we just want to see them fight."

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