Anthony Joshua Says There’s Only One Way Tyson Fury Can Attract Large Audiences

Published 12/02/2020, 6:53 AM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Anthony Joshua speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Multi-institutional champion Anthony Joshua spoke out to the Sun and had plenty to say about his divisional rival Tyson Fury. The British champions are on a collision course to scrap for all the belts and fights are targeted for 2021. Chiefly, there’s been plenty of talk surrounding their match-up now that Fury won’t be fighting Deontay Wilder.

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Joshua is set to face Kubrat Pulev in a fight that was first on the cards back in 2017. Although ‘AJ’ isn’t overlooking the Bulgarian, he has his sights placed on facing ‘The Gypsy King’ in an all-time classic. Both men pose an array of compelling stylistic elements under the bright lights. What’s more, fans will pay top dollar to see them compete to decide the top-ranked heavyweight fighter.

Anthony Joshua is looking towards undisputed glory

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The former Olympian in Joshua has also gone on record to say that he’s the biggest draw in boxing. Tyson Fury’s popularity has certainly skyrocketed ever since he soundly dispatched Wilder in the seventh round. Fans are still high on his KO win and ‘AJ’s last bout against Andy Ruiz Jr was cautious, to say the least.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua punches Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

‘AJ’ said, “Tyson Fury is a talented, talented guy and he deserves all the praise he is getting right now but it is interesting when you talk about his popularity. Because if Fury could have sold out 90,000-capacity stadiums, then he would have done.”

“But he never has had the ability to attract those large numbers, not until he fights me. I have had those sorts of crowds against Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.”

“I will fight Fury”- ‘AJ’

Additionally, Joshua hammered home the fact that he was on his way to leaving the sport on top.  Both Joshua and Fury sit atop the current crop of heavyweight champions, and the winner of their fight will certainly cement their legacy as the best.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Anthony Joshua trains during a media workout on October 17, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Joshua said, “I will fight Fury because in 50 years’ time, people will remember your character and I always want to be remembered as a risk-taker.”

It’s challenging to narrow down the A-side for a bout against Fury and Joshua; however, ‘AJ’ certainly feels it’s him. Joshua’s performance against Pulev will go a long way in defining his stock as a box office player.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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