British boxer Anthony Joshua has challenged Tyson Fury to a blockbuster fight to determine one dominant figure in the heavyweight division.
Every world heavyweight championship belt resides in Britain after Fury shockingly captured the WBC title from Deontay Wilder in February and Joshua reclaimed the IBF, WBA and WBO gold from Andy Ruiz Jr in December.
“If you really want to say you’re number one, come fight me. Let’s get it on. I’ve got the rest of the belts so it only makes sense.
“I’m the unified heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the WBC champion. What it will prove, me and him fighting?
“There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.
“Logically to prove yourself as number one, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua,” Joshua told Sky Sports, addressing fellow Briton Fury.
Joshua’s next fight with the mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev was scheduled to take place on June 20 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
American Wilder, known for his ‘deadly’ right hook, had called for a rematch with Fury and that was pushed back from July 18 to a likely date in October due to the deadly virus that has continued to wreak havoc in the sporting world.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who manages Joshua, had pointed out that a unification bout with Fury might take priority in the event of a long postponement.
“It would be amazing to tell Pulev ‘I think it’s best if you step aside for now’ and to tell Wilder ‘we have bigger fish to fry’.
“That fight (with Fury) needs to happen because there will never be another time like this again,” Joshua stated.
According to data from JD Sports and Boxrec, Fury has stepped into the ring 31 times over his 12-year career since turning pro in 2008.
Anthony Joshua, popularly known as AJ, made his professional debut five years later in 2013 and has fought just seven fewer fights.
In the professional ranks, both boxers are tied on 21 knockouts, but given AJ has fewer pro fights, his knockout record betters Fury with an 87.5% KO rate to 67.7%.
Joshua’s most lethal round is the second, where he’s finished off eight fighters.
For Fury, who has a lower KO percentage, it’s the fifth round where he is most dangerous, having taken out four fighters at that stage.
If this fight takes place this year, it’s destined to be the biggest fight in British boxing history.
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— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) February 20, 2020