As we move into 2021, there are plenty of big fights to be made in boxing. None, however, quite compare to the prospect of WBC and The Ring champion, Tyson Fury, going up against WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO Champion, Anthony Joshua, in a battle for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.
The two giants have been on a collision course since Fury made his sensational return to boxing following a two and a half year layoff. During Fury's absence, Joshua rose through the heavyweight division, collecting the belts that dispersed after Fury defeated the long-reining champion, Wladimir Klitschko, before falling into a depression and vacating.
Having never lost his titles in the ring, Fury maintained a claim to the lineal championship and since returning has defeated the previously unbeaten knockout artist Deontay Wilder. In doing so, he claimed the WBC and The Ring titles (the WBC being the only belt that he didn't get hold of after beating Klitschko).
Between them, Fury and AJ now hold every major title available, and the winner of a potential match-up would find himself the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.
AJ vs Fury: who wins?
As is always the case in a high profile fight, fans and pundits are divided when speculating on the outcome.
It was once the consensus amongst boxing fans that Fury, while a master boxer, lacked power. That was until his rematch with Deontay Wilder in February 2020, when he destroyed the former WBC champ forcing his corner to throw in the towel. Conversely, Joshua always thought of as puncher, has proved in recent outings that he has far more than just concussive power at his disposal.
Where an analysis of AJ vs Fury would once have entailed little more than a question of whether Fury would box his way to a points win or if AJ would blast through the Fury defence to score the KO, we now have much more to think about.
Does Fury adopt the same front-foot aggressive style that served him so well against Wilder? If he does, can AJ defend against it? With AJ being a far superior boxer to Wilder with better punch selection, would he make Fury pay for such a reckless approach?
What if Fury instead opted to box as he did against Klitschko, attempting to frustrate and confuse with his movement? Does AJ lose a wide points decision, or can he pull off a shock points win of his own, perhaps overcoming Fury with his newfound style of defencing boxing combined with superior firepower?
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