Tony Bellew Picks Tyson Fury Over Anthony Joshua for a Very Special Reason

Published 01/22/2021, 7:54 AM EST


Former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has made a surprising claim about Tyson Fury. The Englishman, who has openly praised Anthony Joshua in the past, picked ‘The Gypsy King’ over him in one particular aspect.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth during their 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 Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight has been the talk of the sport for a while now. And while Bellew picked Joshua to win that fight, he has made a surprising claim about his potential opponent, Tyson Fury, and his boxing ability.

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In conversation with iFL TV on YouTube, the scouser said, “If I was teaching a kid to fight, and I wanted to make him a boxer, I don’t wanna make him like Anthony Joshua, I’m sorry.”

He added, “Even though I think he’s brilliant. I wanna make him like Tyson Fury because he takes such little damage.”

Thus, with these comments, the outspoken Brit showed his respect to Fury’s unorthodox fighting style that has taken him to the top.

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Tony Bellew explains his decision of picking Tyson Fury over Anthony Joshua

Fury has boxed since childhood, while Joshua took up the sport when he was 18. Hence, ‘The Gypsy King’ has had more time to master the sweet science and has mastered the art of not getting hit.

“The art of boxing is to hit and not get hit. Fury gets hit a lot less than Joshua,” said Bellew. Many fans will agree with this opinion from Bellew as Fury has displayed impeccable defense against some of the best boxers in the sport.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over 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)

However, his comments may also surprise some. This is because the scouser is friends with ‘AJ’ and he has praised him for being the ideal professional in the past. Moreover, Bellew has publicly campaigned for Joshua as the best heavyweight.

Despite this, it is clear to see that he has given his opinion solely based on facts and no bias. For a kid getting into the sport, there is no better fighter to idolize than Tyson Fury. What do you make of Tony Bellew’s comments? Do you think Tyson Fury is the ideal boxer?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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