According to Joshua’s management team he has agreed terms to meet Fury on December 3. With the “Gypsy King’s” WBC heavyweight title on the line.
In the past Fury has criticised Joshua for fighting boxers outside their prime.
Only this month Fury slammed talkSPORT journalist Simon Jordan during an interview, when Jordan suggested that Joshua was a better fighter than Deontay Wilder who Fury has fought three times and emerged with two victories and a draw.
But who has the best record?
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury resumes compared
Joshua turned professional five years later than Fury, however, he has fought just six times fewer, with the WBC champion less active in recent years, most prominently during the two-year gap between bouts against Wladimir Klitschko and Sefer Seferi.
Of Joshua’s 24 victories 22 have been by stoppage, but after his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr he has lost twice to Oleksandr Uysk. Making it three defeats in five.
Fury is undoubtedly not as prolific a finisher, with a knockout percentage of 69. However, he has maintained his unbeaten record throughout his 33 fights, with no fighter having been able to overcome him.
Based on the records and on recent form, you have to favour an unbeaten Fury. However, when you place their records under greater scrutiny and directly compare their opposition, it’s certainly Joshua who has taken on the more high-profile names.
Anthony Joshua’s biggest wins
In addition, Eric Molina, possibly the least celebrated of Joshua’s previous ten opponents, took Wilder, who has a draw and two defeats against Fury, nine rounds when they fought.
Along with Molina, Joshua has seen off the challenges presented by Kubrat Pulev, Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker, Wladimir Klitschko and Andy Ruiz Jr – all well-respected heavyweights.
Tyson Fury’s biggest wins
Fury’s notable wins, on the other hand, come against just Wilder and Klitschko. Derek Chisora may be a big name but having suffered 10 defeats at the time, it was always a fight Fury would expect to win.
However, a number of Fury’s recent opponents have been undefeated fighters. Though the calibre of their opponents can be questioned.
Even Wilder, a genuine world class fighter, has a pair of wins over Luis Ortiz as his only truly notable victories.
Meanwhile, of Joshua’s opponents Joseph Parker was the undefeated WBO heavyweight champion at the time, while Alexander Povetkin – who had lost only to Klitschko – has since shown his prowess with a stunning knockout win over Dillian Whyte.
Andy Ruiz had only lost once prior to fighting Joshua while Uysk boasted a formidable record, albeit much of it in the middle-weight division.
Given Fury’s undefeated record and Joshua’s recent defeats he probably goes into December’s fight as favourite.
However, given Joshua’s performances against quality opposition he definitely cannot be dismissed.