Joshua vs Fury predictions: Boxing legends including Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Carl Froch on who wins fight – The Sun
THE undisputed title decider between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury has divided opinions across the UK and the world.
Britain's two heavyweight rulers have verbally agreed to a double header of fights next year.
Even though they both have further mandatory defences lined up, the pair are desperate to unify the division once and for all.
And the split verdicts on who will emerge with all four of the world titles has only added to the pre-fight debate.
Here SunSport runs down some of the most heavyweight of predictions as stars choose their winner.
Iron Mike has backed his namesake to prevail against AJ when the pair meet inside the ring.
Tyson said: "He is the best heavyweight champion of the world since myself. He is the man, I don’t care what anybody says."
The Baddest Man on the Planet also left AJ off his list of his top five current boxers.
Mayweather was credited for bringing the money to the smaller division – and it appears he still has little affection for the heavyweights.
He said: "We talking about Anthony Joshua, hell of a fighter. Tyson Fury, hell of a fighter.
"It doesn’t matter who wins, if I’m not getting paid that’s none of my business."
Prediction: Couldn't care less
The former two-time world heavyweight champion sees no way in which AJ can prevail.
He said: "That boy Tyson Fury, you’re going to have to bring everything you’ve got to beat him.
"I’m going to be honest with you – I just can’t see Joshua beating him."
ROY JONES JR
The American four-division great – who amazingly won the heavyweight belt in 2003 – sat on the fence but did appear to suggest Fury is favourite.
Jones said: "I’m not saying Fury is as good as Ali skill-wise but he has a mind like Ali. With a mind like that, he can be anybody.
“I think it was at a local show I saw him at and I said to him: ‘If you just give yourself to boxing for five years, you’ll be amazed and you’ll beat all these guys.’
"I love him to death. I’m so happy for him and proud of him that he was able to do it.
“I see him as the No1 and I think him against Joshua is a good fight."
Prediction: Fury… just about.
Only one winner for the Bomber.
He said: "The top three heavyweights today, if you’re going on what they’re actually doing, you can’t really knock Tyson Fury for what he’s doing since he’s come back. I understand why people have him No1.
"I have to put Fury No 1, but I still think AJ beats him. Styles make fights, and I think AJ’s style is all wrong for Fury."
Following lessons learned from AJ's loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, Hopkins has not only backed him to win – but to knock out Fury and 'make a serious statement'.
He said: "He redeemed himself. Now that is in his memory – what not to do ever again – Joshua beats Fury by knockout late.
"It will be an interesting, exciting five or six rounds at the beginning. Then Joshua's athleticism, boxing IQ and experience would overwhelm Fury.
"Joshua would come out of a dust-storm based on his experience.
"At this point he has to make a really serious statement based on [the Ruiz defeat]. Redemption."
Klitschko, who lost to both men, spoke earlier this year about his prediction.
He said: "Joshua is a superior athlete, great fighter, Olympic champion.
"Most importantly, he's a great guy, who carries the torch of this image of a heavyweight champion perfectly. I'm proud to call him as a friend, even though we were [rivals].
"And I think and I wish that eventually Joshua is going to unify all of the belts. That's the eventual plan."
Froch thinks Joshua could upset the bookies' odds.
He told Sky Sports: "I think the only way that Anthony Joshua can win this fight is by stoppage.
"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.
"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."
Prediction: Joshua KO
The legendary trainer admits it's too early to make a sure-fire prediction but tipped Fury to win at this point in time.
He said: "If you do the easy pick for 90 per cent of the people you ask, you'd probably pick Fury.
"If a gun was put to my head, right now, I'd go the easy way. I'd go with Fury. But you know what? I would wait a bit of this.
"I could see an argument for both scenarios."
Prediction: Fury… for now
The former WBO cruiserweight champion believes Joshua has more in his arsenal than Fury.
He said: "I’ve gone public in saying I think Anthony Joshua is the all-round better fighter.
"I think Tyson Fury is better tactically and the more technically equipped, but AJ is the all-rounder.
"He can fight, he can box, he’s an athlete. Tyson Fury is a boxer.
"I think both men are now at a stage where they’ve done so much and learned so much in their careers that they’re so neck and neck.
“But, I’d go with Anthony Joshua because he’s shown me a lot more variety in his arsenal."
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