With harsh words exchanged between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, we look how these boxing titans compare to Britain’s humble heavyweight Anthony Joshua to see which world champion stands a chance of unifying all four world titles.
Tyson Fury shocked the pundits when he handed Wladimir Klitschko his only defeat in the last decade to secure the WBO and IBO world titles in the heavyweight division. The Gypsy King was also briefly holder of the IBF title before being stripped of it after less than a week for turning down a mandatory challenge in favour of a valuable rematch against Klitschko. Born in Manchester, the 27-year-old fighter has a professional record of 25-0 having defeated 18 of his opponents by knockout. As one of the few fighters capable of fighting effectively in either southpaw or orthodox stances, Tyson stands at 6ft 9in with a total reach of over 85 inches. The Mancunian carries a professional knockout ratio of 72%.
Deontay Wilder has taken American boxing by storm after making a name for himself at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The WBC heavyweight champion holds a professional record of 36-0 stopping 35 of his fights early through a knockout victory. The former basketball player from Alabama stands at 6ft 7in and has a reach in excess of 83 Inches. Known as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ after his Olympic performance, the 30-year-old boasts an impressive knock out ratio of 97.2%.
Anthony Joshua is Britain’s golden boy after boxing his way to Olympic gold in London 2012 and has dealt with every opponent he has faced so far in less than seven rounds. As the current IBF champion the Watford-born Olympian holds a professional record of 17-0, winning every contest in his career by knock out. AJ is the youngest of the three current heavyweight champions at 26 and stands at 6ft 6in with a competitive reach of 83 Inches. Britain’s humble hero has used his immense fitness and powerful right hand to secure a knockout ratio of 100%.
If the latest generation of boxing fans hope to see a unified champion of the heavyweight division, one of these men is their greatest hope but who will come out on top when these men finally clash on the world stage?