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An Anthony Joshua-Fury Showdown Could be a Lot Closer Than We Think

Speculation over a potential Tyson Fury versus Anthony Joshua mega-fight has continued to grow ever since AJ called out the Gypsy King following his first title victory over Charles Marti. 

Even this past weekend, Tyson was asked about the potential match-up while attending his close friend, Billy Joe Saunders, title defence. Tyson only stoked the flames with an encouraging response:

“They call me ‘the boomerang’, I always come back. It’s a fight [against Joshua] people want to see and an easy one for me with my boxing skills.”

However, the fact remains, a Tyson Fury/ Anthony Joshua match-up is as far away now as it ever has been.

Tyson is still overweight, has not fought in almost two years and is still currently banned by the British Boxing Board of Control. When AJ takes to the ring later next month, it will be his sixth fight since Tyson’s last contest.

If the public is looking for an Anthony Joshua versus Fury showdown, they are looking in all the wrong places. While Tyson Fury is still a million miles from getting back to action, his cousin, Hughie, is certainly not.

On Saturday night, Hughie Fury will challenge Joseph Parker for his WBO Heavyweight belt in the Manchester Arena. Both men go into this fight undefeated with a combined forty-three victories.

The intrigue for this fight lies with the fact that both fighters are relatively untested. Although they have both collected numerous wins, the quality of said opponents are definitely under question. This is a genuine 50/50 contest with bookies struggling to find a favourite.

If Hughie’s arm is raised on Saturday night, speculation between a Hughie Fury v Anthony Joshua unification bout will surely grow.

Joshua takes to the ring next month to defend his belts against the Bulgarian, Kubrat Pulev.

If he is victorious here, as is widely expected, then he will surely look to unify the division.

This is an opportunity for the Olympic gold medallist to make history as there has never been a heavyweight champion to unify all four available belts.

 This will leave the Parker/ Fury victor directly in the firing line of Joshua.

It has been surprising how little coverage this weekend’s match-up has received.

There is an interesting narrative here, the younger Hughie following in the footsteps of his older cousin and finishing the job Tyson set out to do. He is potentially just one fight away from a shot at Joshua.

Of course, there is only one Tyson Fury. He can be grotesque, crude, offensive and in the same interview humble, self-deprecating and charming. Hughie does not have that quality.

He is more of a straight talker and stays out of the public eye in comparison to his older cousin. However, he is still the best chance the public has of seeing an AJ/ Fury showdown.

It may not be the Joshua/ Fury match-up that we were expecting but Hughie is now the best chance the Fury clan have of dethroning Anthony Joshua. If the younger Fury can perform to the best of his abilities on Saturday night and defeat the Kiwi, then a Joshua versus Fury unification showdown will likely become a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.

Cathal Geeney, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.