“This Is Just Two Lads”- Anthony Joshua Normalizes the Hype of Him Facing Tyson Fury

Published 09/11/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


A heavyweight scrap between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will rightly go down in the history books for umpteen reasons. It can be the biggest money-generating bout in the sport. Moreover, the All-English clash will see two of the best heavyweights of the era collide against each other- similar to what we had seen with Ali-Frazier, Tyson-Holyfield, and several more classics through the ages. Thus, the hype surrounding the fantasy fight is real.

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That said, the potential title unification fight was on the brink of happening in August. However, it is still far from happening in reality. It has teased the fans, even more, evoking them to contrast ‘AJ’ and ‘The Gypsy King’ to the fullest.

However, Anthony Joshua recently denied all the hype in a chat with iFL TV. With Oleksandr Usyk as his next opponent, Joshua shared his views on a possible clash against Tyson Fury.

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He said, “I think it will happen. In the minds of boxing fans it’s a ‘mega fight’, I don’t look at it like that. This is just two lads – one from London, one from Manchester – let’s get it on… Politics, scrap all that. The fight will happen, 100%.” (H/T:- Michael Benson)

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua can still compete against each other. They are just one win away from sealing the fight. Akin to Joshua, Tyson Fury will also have to defend his WBC strap. While a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder will be a stern test, Fury cannot afford to overlook his October 9 fight.

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In July, Deontay Wilder returned from a long layoff and demanded his mandatory shot at the WBC world title, which is still under Tyson Fury’s name. The American star, Wilder, backed by the court, replaced Joshua to compete against Fury, thus derailing the potential undisputed fight between the two Brits yet again.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after 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)

It urged Matchroom Promotions to host Anthony Joshua against Oleksandr Usyk, another fan-favorite contest. Now there’s a lot to see in the whole chain. If Usyk and Wilder shockingly beat Joshua and Fury, it will further twist the tale of the entire heavyweight division. Thus, it’s still way early to predict whether Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will ever collide in reality or not.

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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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