Anthony Joshua warned he MUST stop Tyson Fury rather than outbox him as UK fans told to expect heavyweight title fight in Middle East
Anthony Joshua has been warned he MUST stop Tyson Fury as it is unlikely he will be able to ‘outbox the boxer’.
However, despite growing anticipation of the bout for 2021, leading boxing journalist Gareth A. Davies has urged UK fans to not be disappointed if the British heavyweights fight in the Middle East.
Joshua retained his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles Saturday night with a convincing nith-round stoppage of Kubrat Pulev.
Immediately after his perfectly placed right hand clattered off the veteran Bulgarian’s jaw, the 2012 Olympic Gold medallist told the world he wanted to face ‘The Gypsy King’ next.
Fury, who holds the WBC and Ring Magazine trinkets, has not been in the ring himself since February when he usurped Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas with a bruising display.
The result in Sin City proved he can brawl just as well as he can box and Davies, who has followed both men since the embryonic stages of their respective careers, believes trying to outbox Fury will not end well for ‘AJ’.
“He’s not going to outbox the boxer,” Davies told talkSPORT on the Warm Up. “If he is going to fight Tyson Fury next year, he’s not going to outbox him in my view.
“But he has got to put himself on him, he has got to devise a method of getting inside that huge, rangy jab and the movement of Tyson Fury.
“He has to put it on him, put those five-punch combinations that he threw at Pulev yesterday on him. Getting inside and landing those uppercuts, if he can.
“Closing off the ring against Fury and actually putting it on him. For me, he actually doesn’t outbox him and he has got to try and stop him.”
Not since 1999 has there been an undisputed world heavyweight title fight when Britain’s very own Lennox Lewis faced Evander Holyfield.
One would assume the two Brits would do battle at the iconic Wembley stadium, the scene of Joshua’s legacy-defining victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.
But Davies has admitted while it would be ‘wonderful’ for British fans, the reality suggests the two men will fight wherever the money takes them.
He added: “It will be wonderful to have it at Wembley and it would be one of the most amazing British sporting occasions. Two Brits; number one and two in the world and we get to decide who holds the richest prize in sport.
“It is a pretty rich prize, to earn that much for one fight. It will be amazing to have it here, but the reality is only 90,000 people can go – most people are going to be watching it on TB anyway.
“But the politicization of sport washing all those things will come into being, but I guarantee you if there is a big enough site fee for it to happen over there, it will go over there to the Middle East.”