Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn – who Fury called after his win – has compared the key wins of ‘The Gypsy King’ and Joshua. Hearn listed Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilder, Derek Chisora, Otto Wallin and Whyte as the best wins throughout Fury’s 14-year professional career.
Comparing that list to Joshua’s, Hearn listed the key wins of his Matchroom posterboy which included Klitschko, Whyte, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, Andy Ruiz Jr and
In arguably the best win of both of their careers, Fury ended Klitschko’s 20 fight unbeaten run that spanned over a decade when he beat the Ukrainian in 2015. Fury won the unified titles with the win as Klitschko was outpointed for the first time in his professional career.
Two years later Joshua had his chance against ‘Dr Steelhammer’ in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley. ‘AJ’ remained unbeaten and did what Fury couldn’t, knocking out Klitschko to win the vacant heavyweight belts. Klitschko announced his retirement after the loss.
Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder twice after fighting to a controversial draw with the hard-hitting American in their first meeting. A fight between Joshua and Wilder has been called upon in the past, but the pair are yet to meet in the ring.
Both men now have wins over Whyte, but Joshua has defeated one more former champion than Fury has. ‘AJ’ looks to become a three-time champion as he is pencilled in to rematch Oleksandr Usyk in July.
A fight between Fury and Joshua has been sought for years but is unlikely to take place given Fury’s retirement claim. The pair were signed to fight last August, but a US arbitration case cancelled the booking as Wilder was entitled to his trilogy with Fury.
Despite Fury’s claim, his wife Paris has stated there is ” no chance ” he will retire after his latest win. If Joshua can win back his titles, a clash with Fury could still be on the cards according to Paris, as she admitted, “the only reason Tyson would come back would be a unification fight.”