Here’s Why Mike Tyson’s Trainer Favors Tyson Fury to Beat Anthony Joshua

Published 03/23/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


The impending heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has garnered different opinions from the boxing world. However, WBC champion Fury seems to top the race with more people favoring him. And recently Mike Tyson’s former coach, Ronnie Shields, has also picked ‘The Gypsy King’ to win the much-awaited title unification bout.

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While both Fury and Joshua are currently the heavyweight champions, the former is the undefeated one. But Ronnie Shields has also hesitated to rule out ‘AJ’ from the mix. Speaking with Fino Boxing, he shared his opinion on the heavyweight battle and praised both the competitors for their recent achievements.

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“I think it’s a great matchup, both fighters are really good fighters. They both approve themselves. You know, Joshua got knocked out by Andy Ruiz, but he came back and then beat him. So, that shows he is a champion,” said Ronnie Shields.

Akin to Anthony Joshua, Fury has also come stronger from the brink of defeat in recent times. Former WBC champion Wilder almost knocked him out in 2018 in what turned out to be a draw. In the rematch, Tyson Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder to become the WBC heavyweight champion.

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So, Shields approved his chances and said, “Tyson Fury, you know he had the first fight with Deontay Wilder was a draw, but he came back. The sucker fighter knocked him out and look, I think boxing needs to have the best heavyweights fighting each other thank god, it’s happening now, and may the best man win.”

“I favor Fury. Because I think Fury you know has a better jab or not the better jab. But he has a long reach and he can punch.”

Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua- When will the fight happen?

According to the administrators, the fight is close to having an official date. Both parties have signed a two-fight deal, citing a 50/50 purse split for the original matchup.

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However, the winner of the fight will relish a 60/40 PPV share in the rematch. Meanwhile, the fight will also have all the heavyweight belts on the line. Fury’s WBC, and Ring titles, and Joshua’s WBO, IBF, WBA, and IBO belts will all come under one roof and there will be absolutely one undisputed heavyweight champion.

With no more possible turmoils ahead, we can expect the promoters- Top Rank and Matchroom along with Frank Warren to reveal the official fight date and venue soon. Following this, the predictions from names in the boxing world will make news headlines even more.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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