Ahead of Saturday night’s massive heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury wished Joshua good luck and urged his countryman to “do the biz”.
“Let’s make the biggest fight of the century,” added the man who was stripped of or vacated each of the alphabet titles that Joshua and Klitschko scrapped over at Wembley, but is still considered by many to be lineal heavyweight champion of the world.
In the wake of Saturday night’s events, the latter of Fury’s statements takes on a greater legitimacy. By surviving a serious crisis in the middle rounds to come back and stop Klitschko in dramatic fashion on such a huge stage, Joshua proved himself worthy of the superstar status that he had already attained and even grew beyond it. His star-power and reputation for delivering excitement will combine with Fury’s troubled story and that of his chance for redemption to create an irresistible promotional concoction. A showdown between the two will be the heavyweight fight of the century thus far if nothing else.
Shortly after Joshua’s heroics, Fury took to Twitter with a message of congratulations for Joshua, with whom he was involved in something of a war of words on the social media platform only days previous. However, once he had offered his congratulations, Fury reminded Joshua of a salient fact.
“You had life & death with Klitschko & I played with the guy,” wrote Fury. “Let’s dance,” he added
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) April 29, 2017
Indeed, Fury’s victory over Klitschko was a stroll in the park compared to Joshua’s. However, the old boxing cliche, ‘styles make fights’ seems apt here.
Fury went out to fluster Wladimir with awkward movement, freeze him with feints, to outbox him and outpoint him. This approach was very intelligent and it provided Fury great success while he incurred little damage. Joshua’s style is completely different from Fury’s. He is a natural puncher with a true puncher’s mentality and, as such, he was always going to be in greater danger against Klitschko, who carries real power himself.
How Joshua and Fury each fared against Klitschko will have little bearing on the outcome of their own fight, though. It’s a completely different match-up again. While Fury’s unorthodox but deceptively slick boxing may indeed give Joshua a great deal of trouble, it’s unlikely that the he will be able to freeze the aggressive and confident puncher with feints like he did to Klitschko in Dusseldorf. The Ukrainian is an older fighter, who was always slow to pull the trigger and at times, for all his dominance, seemed to lack confidence. Joshua is diametrically opposed to Klitschko on all of these counts.