Tyson Fury reveals where Anthony Joshua ranks in his list of greatest champions of the era

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Tyson Fury claims victory over Anthony Joshua would mean he has defeated the greatest heavyweight boxers of the last two eras. Fury and Joshua currently hold all of heavyweight boxing’s major belts between them and are on course to fight in 2021 to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in more than 20 years.

That honour was last held by the great Lennox Lewis in April 2000 but with Joshua currently having the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles and Fury as the WBC champion, the two men have the chance to become a true legend of the sport.

Both fighters have already defeated another legend (used the word ‘great’ to describe Lennox) of heavyweight boxing in Wladimir Klitschko – who retired in 2017 after an incredible 21-year career – but he never held all of the belts due to his refusal to fight brother Vitali.

Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, which was aired last night, Fury was asked if there would be any point in carrying on his boxing career if he was to become undisputed heavyweight champion.

“I will continue until there are no more proper challengers left to fight,” Fury replied.

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“When I beat Anthony Joshua next year, I will have defeated the best from the last era and the best from my era.

“There will always be someone to fight.”

Fury has long called for the fight with Joshua, with the two men considered by most to be the best heavyweights in the world.

Joshua defended his belts last weekend with a ninth-round knockout of Kubrat Pulev but then refused to be drawn on who his next opponent would be.

“I started in 2013 and have been chasing all the belts and handling all the mandatories,” he said. (already explained when the win was in the last par).

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“Whoever has the belt I will compete with them. If that’s Tyson Fury, then let it be Tyson Fury.”

Fury’s response was to accuse the Watford boxer of ducking questions around wanting to fight him.

“He was asked the question ‘Do you want to fight Tyson Fury?’ (single quote mark for a quote in a quote) very plain and simple and he never answered the question,” Fury told Ross.

“It was a simple yes or no answer wasn’t it? They then said ‘Do you think you’re the best heavyweight in the world?’ and he went [holds hands up].

“He didn’t answer the question. Ask me, do you want to fight Anthony Joshua?” Fury prompted Ross, before emphatically replying “yes”.

When asked who the best heavyweight in the world was, Fury replied: “Me, by a mile. There we go, that’s how you answer the question.”

But as well as goading Joshua a little, Fury also expressed his admiration for his potential opponent.

Fury said: “He is a great fighter. He is Olympic champion and a two-time world champion – just like me.

“He has won all the belts and he is a great athlete.”

He continued: “I don’t know him personally to say whether I like him or dislike him but what I have seen of him he seems a decent guy.”

Fury also had kind words for Joshua’s former Finchley Boxing Club stablemate Dereck Chisora – who ‘The Gypsy King’ beat twice in 2011 and again in 2014.

He said: “At the time I didn’t like any of them (opponents) but out of the people I have beaten or I have stopped, I think Dereck Chisora is my favourite fellow boxer. I really do get on with Dereck and he is a top guy, a top athlete and a top fighter.”

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