Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury won’t be settled inside the ring this year, but the out-of-ring fan debate continues to rage.
Over the past couple of years, a major point of contention in the AJ vs Fury conversation has been the comparison of their respective resumes.
Since defeating Dillian Whyte for the British title in 2015, Joshua has had ten world title fights and built a deep record.
AJ defeated Charles Martin to win the IBF belt, then defended against Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina to finish 2016.
After that, he jumped through the levels to face Wladimir Klitschko the following year, stopping him in front of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium.
A defense against Carlos Takam came next, then AJ unified by taking the unbeaten record from Joseph Parker.
He became the first person to eliminate Alexander Povetkin, capping an impressive 2018.
Joshua’s next step saw him travel to America and attempt to develop his profile by beating Andy Ruiz Jr, but it turned sour as he was knocked down four times and stopped in seven rounds.
However, he managed a turnaround in 2019 and took revenge on Ruiz Jr by sending him to Saudi Arabia.
The pandemic affected AJ’s plans for 2020, but he was able to end the year by beating mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Now it’s Usyk on Joshua’s schedule – a name that will add even more depth if conquered on September 25.
The only thing missing from his resume is a fight with one of the other “big three” heavyweights of the era.
Although Fury’s record is not as deep as that of his British rival, he wins in this regard, having shared the ring twice with Deontay Wilder.
The “Gypsy King” claimed two victories over Derek Chisora and one over Christian Hammer en route to his first title shot.
Then, in 2015, he put forth a younger, more active version of Klitschko than the one Joshua quit two years later.
However, his life got out of hand and he only returned to the ring in 2018.
When Fury returned, it was initially against two lesser enemies, but he then jumped through the levels to challenge Wilder.
Many felt it was unfortunate not to achieve victory in this controversial fight, which was a draw.
In 2019, Fury chose to take two intermediate fights before facing the American again.
His first against Tom Schwarz was an easy win, but the second saw him tested by a strong contender in Otto Wallin.
Fury came off with a points win and a bad cut, then headed to his 2020 rematch with Wilder.
This time around, Fury left no doubt by defeating the “Bronze Bomber” twice and stopping him in the seventh lap.
Neither man has fought since, although they are set to meet in a trilogy on October 9, live on talkSPORT.
Top 10 in talkSPORT.com’s combined ranking of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s best wins
1. Fury against Klitschko (2015)
2. AJ v Klitschko (2017)
3. Fury Against Wilder (2020)
4. AJ vs. Povetkin (2018)
5. AJ vs. Ruiz Jr (2019)
6. AJ vs. Whyte (2015)
7. AJ vs. Parker (2018)
8. AJ vs. Pulev (2020)
9. Fury Against Wallin (2019)
10. Fury Against Chisora (2014)
It is irrefutable that Fury holds stronger wins at the top of his CV than Joshua.
AJ was not the one to dethrone Klitschko, nor Wilder, and Fury secured those victories on foreign soil.
However, if you rate the depth of the full recordings it is obvious that Joshua trumps the “Gypsy King”.
If he adds former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk to his roster on September 25, that could end the debate, at least for now, over who has the strongest CV.
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