Anthony Joshua can only beat Tyson Fury by knockout, claims Carl Froch who believes AJ ‘can’t outbox’ the Gypsy King when the two rivals finally meet in their heavyweight showdown
- Carl Froch claims Anthony Joshua can only beat Tyson Fury by knockout
- Rivals Joshua and Fury are currently in talks over a blockbuster fight in May
- A two-fight agreement has already been agreed for the stars to scrap next year
- Fury is the bookies favourite to win the all-British heavyweight showdown
Anthony Joshua will only be able to beat Tyson Fury by knockout when they finally meet in 2021, claims former world champion Carl Froch.
Joshua and Fury have ‘verbally agreed’ to an undisputed title clash next year, renewing hope that the two British heavyweights can settle their differences in the ring and unify the division for the first time in 20 years.
A two-fight agreement is already in place for 2021 ahead of what is being billed by many as the biggest showdown in British boxing history – and Fury is the bookies favourite following his brilliant stoppage of Deontay Wilder back in February.
Anthony Joshua (right) will only be able to beat Tyson Fury with a knockout, claims Carl Froch
Joshua and Fury (pictured) have ‘verbally agreed’ to an undisputed title clash next year
And Froch, who retired in 2014 after overcoming his own rival George Groves in back-to-back KOs, believes Joshua has the devastating power to put the Gypsy King on the canvas.
‘I think the only way that Anthony Joshua can win this fight is by stoppage,’ Froch told Sky Sports. ‘He can’t outbox Fury, who is too good at range. He throws punches from all angles and he’s so awkward.
‘But Joshua is an Olympic gold medallist with strong fundamentals and he’s got combination punches with real aggression.
‘If he produces the same finishing instinct that he’s shown in past fights, then he can beat Fury.
Former world champion Froch believes Joshua won’t be able to outbox Fury
‘AJ can get him out of there, I think he can, because you saw bursts of his aggression in the Kubrat Pulev fight. If AJ maintains that, there’s a chance he could stop him, but the problem is, if he doesn’t stop Fury then he’s going to lose on points.’
Joshua’s ninth-round knockout triumph over Kubrat Pulev earlier this month immediately sparked renewed hope of a blockbuster bout next year, with the lucrative contracts now being drawn up.
Every world heavyweight title would be on the line for the mouthwatering clash, with unified heavyweight champion Joshua taking on WBC title holder Fury.
The much-anticipated scrap would see Joshua and Fury pocket £100million each.
A purse split of 50-50 will be in place for the first fight and a 60-40 split weighted in favour of the winner for the rematch.
There are still several roadblocks to overcome, however.
Oleksandr Usyk stands in the way as the WBO mandatory challenger but has now hinted he would be willing to step aside and allow Fury to take on Joshua.
Fury is the bookies favourite following his brilliant stoppage of Deontay Wilder earlier this year
Joshua’s ninth-round knockout triumph over Kubrat Pulev paved the way to face Fury
The broadcasting arrangement for the fight also remains unclear. Joshua is signed to Sky and DAZN, while Fury is with BT and ESPN, creating a complicated situation.
Fury remains stuck in a legal dispute with Deontay Wilder over the latter’s claim to a rematch. The former’s camp believe this is invalid.
The Athletic recently shed some light on the location for the Battle of Britain fight.
The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger suggested it is likely to take place in the Middle East – with Dubai, Qatar and Saudi Arabia all touted as potential hosts – although the UK is ‘still in play’.
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