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Anthony Joshua accepts Tyson Fury’s fight offer

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Anthony Joshua reacts after knocking down Wladimir Klitschko in the IBF, WBA and IBO Heavyweight World Title bout at Wembley Stadium on April 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua Tyson Fury may very well happen. By which I mean, they’ll fight each other. I can’t put the “vs.” in there because it cocks up the SEO rating. But first, Joshua vs. Klitchsko. In a brilliant match that I had the utmost pleasure of watching, Anthony Joshua was yet again victorious for the ninteenth time in his career. With no losses, and every match with a knock out victory, it’s questionable what the 27 year old will do next. Well, according to numerous sources, Twitter, and Joshua himself, he’ll take on Tyson Fury.

If you don’t know a lot about boxing, like myself, then a lot of this probably wont make much sense. No matter, we’ll struggle along.

Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitchsko

That name is a genuine nightmare for myself and other journalists. The main problem being that four different websites have spelt it differently, four different times. I don’t even know if Wikipedia is right, they could be wrong. I could be wrong. Everyone could be wrong. But we’re all right in thinking that Anthony Joshua won the fight. Sorry to spoil that, but to be fair I did say that in my opening paragraph.

This was the fight that started the current events. However important Tyson Fury is, this is the match that started it all and we need to talk about it. Joshua had a record of 18-0 before this match, all won by KO. He’s now 19-0, with all matches won by KO. As for Klitchsko, he’s 64 – 5, with 53 of those being KO. That is impressive, so he’s had more experience. Arguably the reason Joshua won though is that he is almost twenty years younger. The new talent beating up the older guy.

Mind you, that’s not to say they didn’t have tremendous respect for one another. What I liked about the build up to this fight compared to say, Haye vs. Bellew, where the two played up their hate for one another to increase sales. That’s just my opinion, mainly because they were very friendly right towards the end of the match. Anyways, the fight between Joshua and Klitchsko was a great fight, and made even better by the fact that they actually respected one another a great deal.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury hasn’t fought in two years, but he seems set to return.

Lets cut to the chase. Tyson Fury hasn’t fought for two years and he’s accepted Anthony Joshua’s offer. That means Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will, presumably, have a fight. What I find interesting is that the two of them are undefeated. Joshua has won 19 fights and Fury has won 25. However out of those 25, 7 were by decision. Joshua has one more KO victory under his belt than Fury does, but will that really matter in the long run?

Currently, Fury doesn’t even have a boxing license. He dropped his titles to focus on his mental health problems. You can’t really blame the guy, I’d have mental health problems if I was repeatedly smacked in the face. Having his last match against Klitchsko, it’s only fitting that the two go ahead with a match now. Fury hopes to return in July, and is more than welcoming of the challenge Joshua will bring.

Klitchsko Retiring

Klitchsko, 41, has not released a statement on whether or not he is to retire.

At 41 years old, I’d be surprised if Klitchsko doesn’t retire. He’s had an amazing career, but the past two fights have been losses. The only statement that has been given is that he would be considering his options, but for now only a rematch with Joshua interests him.

To be fair, even though Klitchsko lost his fight, he takes losing like a true professional. In an interview, he stated;

“I didn’t have an off-night. I was in tremendous shape. All respect to Joshua.”

It takes a lot to say something like that. Boxing is a proud sport, but it’s good when the two athletes respect each other. Is he going to retire? Who knows really, it’s anyone’s guess. I think he may have one or two more fights, but then again I’ve been saying the same thing about David Haye.