Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will lock horns to become the next undisputed heavyweight champion after Lennox Lewis on February 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
On his last performance in October against boxing debutant Francis Ngannou, ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury didn’t appear in his best form. Ngannou put on a tough fight and knocked down the WBC champion within the first three rounds.
Although Tyson Fury won, he was harshly criticized by several experts for failing to dominate a debutant professional boxer. Now, he will go against the undefeated WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk next.
Anthony Joshua who has lost twice to Usyk, shared his views on the super fight during an interaction with the Boxing Social.
Fresh off his 3 wins in 2023, Joshua said, “I’ve fought Usyk. I think he’s a phenomenal fighter and he’s got a great team around him, and you’re only as good as your team. After being in the ring with him and studying him, still studying him now. I think he’s the one to edge it, probably because I’ve experienced his ring generalship and ring-craft on two occasions. I think he’s top tier.”
Anthony Joshua was touted to face Tyson Fury for several years. Those plans came to a halt when Oleksandr Usyk beat ‘AJ’ for the titles in two consecutive battles. Now that Fury vs Usyk is confirmed, Joshua is rebuilding his way to the title shot.
He is reportedly in talks to face former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in March 2024. Upon winning the fight, ‘AJ’ can possibly aim at the winner of Fury vs Usyk.
Is Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua Still a Relevant Fight?
If Joshua dominantly beats Francis Ngannou, then he would look way better than how Tyson Fury appeared against the former UFC champion. Besides, Tyson Fury needs beat Oleksandr Usyk in February, an achievement which Anthony Joshua failed to do in two fights.
Upon meeting this theoretical situation. Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua would once again be a relevant heavyweight matchup. 34-year-old Joshua and 35-year-old Fury do not seem to have many years left before calling it a day. So, the only way to meet each other in a mega-showdown is if they dominantly win their next respective bouts.