Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could get in the ring next year
Fury today claimed he could beat both Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder even though he currently weighs 25 stone.
The Brit beat Wladimir Klitschko two years ago to claim the IBF, WBA and WBO crowns but subsequently vacated them due to problems with depression and cocaine use.
Fury is now awaiting a British Boxing Board of Control hearing into whether he will be allowed to box again in light of an alleged failed drugs test.
But he appears confident he will be allowed back in the ring and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already been in touch to sketch out the details of a potential title fight.
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And bookmakers Betfair have already priced up the bout with Joshua favoured to come out on top.
The 20-fight unbeaten heavyweight, who beat Carlos Takam on Saturday night in front of 78,000 fans in Cardiff, is 8/13 to take victory and 11/8 to do so inside the distance.
But if the fight does go 12 rounds for the first time in Joshua’s career, then Fury is expected to take the decision of the judges’: Fury on points is 2/1.
Joshua meanwhile is 7/2 to end up as a points winner while Fury, who has knocked out 18 of his 25 opponents, is as long as 7/1 to stop AJ early.
Fury is back in training after two years out of boxing and appears desperate to take Joshua on as well as Wilder.
“I reckon I can beat Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder now even at 25 stone & after being out almost 2 years!” Fury said on Twitter.
“My style is unbeatable.
“Ask Wlad[imir Klitschko].
“My fight with Joshua will be won with my feet!
“Can't hit what you can't see!
“The best footwork in the game.
“I'm gonna stop you Anthony Joshua inside 8 rounds watch me go.
“Let's make it [sic] Britons biggest fight ever, I say we get Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno involved in the #furyvsAJfight.”