Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: Johnny Nelson backs 'better all-rounder' AJ to beat Gypsy King

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Next year could be the year we finally get to see one of the most highly anticipated fights of all time... Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua.

The all-British heavyweight fight is scheduled for next year and has divided opinion among fans and professionals alike as to who will come out on top (other than both fighter’s bank accounts, which will be the real winners).

The bookmakers, as well as boxing legends Mike Tyson and George Foreman, have Tyson Fury as the favourite in the fight. However, the latest boxing great to throw his hat into the ring in this debate has said writing off the Olympic champion is a “fatal mistake."

Johnny Nelson, the retired British cruiserweight, has predicted Joshua will beat the Gypsy King as he is the “better all-round fighter”. Although Nelson claims Fury is the better boxer tactically and technically, Joshua is still his favourite for the win due to the “variety in his arsenal."

“I’ve gone public in saying I think Anthony Joshua is the all round better fighter. I think Tyson Fury is better tactically and the more technically equipped, but AJ is the all-rounder," he told talkSPORT.

“He can fight, he can box, he’s an athlete. Tyson Fury is a boxer. I think both men are now at a stage where they’ve done so much and learned so much in their careers that they’re so neck and neck.

“But, I’d go with Anthony Joshua because he’s shown me a lot more variety in his arsenal.”

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Nelson is not alone in this debate, with former heavyweight world champions David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko also backing AJ for the victory. The Hayemaker went on to say: "Joshua is the only person who has the artillery, the skill set, the athleticism, the clean living, the know-how, the experience, to have a chance to beat Fury."

Joshua’s variety and athleticism may be his key to beating the undefeated Fury, with both Nelson and Haye believing this. Nelson also clarified (if it was needed) that both fighters want the fight.

Joshua will have even more of a point to prove against the Gypsy King, after Fury publicly claimed that Joshua has never fought Deontay Wilder because he is “scared of getting knocked out” by the American.

With Joshua and Fury having to first step into the ring against Kubrat Pulev and Deontay Wilder respectively, fans will get one more look at the two heavyweights before they finally face each other.

With more belts on the line than there are in the average person’s wardrobe, this fight can’t come soon enough.

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