Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury may hold the world’s heavyweight titles but who would come out on top in a bout between them?
Joshua took his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO belts back from Andy Ruiz Jr with an excellent points win back in December.
Fury, meanwhile, was crowned the new WBC champion after a stoppage victory against Deontay Wilder last month.
The duo are expected to take to the ring to determine the ultimate winner but, until then, Sky Sports’ experts have given their verdicts on who is the top fighter.
Sky’s Head of Boxing, Adam Smith, threw his support behind Fury.
He said: “Tyson Fury's incredible destruction of the feared and ferocious Deontay Wilder proves to most that The Gypsy King is indeed now the real king of the heavyweights.”
Tyson Fury 1-0 Anthony Joshua.
Carl Froch is no beginner when it comes to boxing and the multiple time former middleweight world champion believes Fury narrowly edges Joshua.
“Tyson Fury is just in front of Anthony Joshua,” he said. “Part of my reasoning for this is because he was lineal champion, beating Wladimir Klitschko a few years ago to become champion and never lost the titles in the ring.
“He came back when everybody thought he couldn't beat Wilder and I thought he won the first fight, even though he got dropped.
“The rematch was so one-sided, so conclusive, and I just think you've got to put him at No 1, above AJ.”
Tyson Fury 2-0 Anthony Joshua.
Matthew Macklin, 37, also put his name behind Fury.
He said: “Firstly, going back a few years now but he's 'the man who beat the man' in Wladimir Klitschko - he's the lineal champion.
“He then came back after a two-and-a-half-year lay off with only two 'glorified sparring sessions' under his belt to beat Deontay Wilder, but for it to be declared a draw.”
Tyson Fury 3-0 Anthony Joshua.
Jonny Nelson was torn between the two but continued in the trend to support Fury.
He commented: “If you look at it on paper, you have to say the world No 1 heavyweight is Anthony Joshua when you're talking about belts.
“But based on their last performances, you have to edge towards Tyson Fury, who still has not suffered a defeat.
“Of course Fury had that amazing win over Deontay Wilder, but then you look at the fight beforehand against Otto Wallin, he looked vulnerable, he got hurt, he got caught and he didn't look great. He stepped up against Wilder when he had to.”
Tyson Fury 4-0 Anthony Joshua.
Former boxer turned trainer and manager David Coldwell said: “Because Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder, and in such outstanding fashion, I feel we can't do anything but place him at No 1.”
Tyson Fury 5-0 Anthony Joshua.
Andy Clarke followed the trend to provide Fury with a comprehensive unanimous backing from the set of expert pundits.
He said: “The world's top three heavyweights are Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
“The only two of them who have boxed each other are Fury and Wilder and Fury came out on top, in comprehensive fashion the second time, which for me makes him No 1.”
Tyson Fury 6-0 Anthony Joshua.
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