Former world champion turned pundit Johnny Nelson is not ruling out Anthony Joshua in a potential unification with Tyson Fury.
And he says experts would be making a big mistake if they overlook Joshua in the fight.
Joshua, the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion, was dropped four times and stopped in the seventh round by massive underdog Andy Ruiz in June 2019. Joshua got revenge in the December rematch, when he outboxed Ruiz over twelve rounds for a unanimous decision to reclaim the titles.
Last month, Fury battered and stopped Deontay Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC heavyweight title.
The respective promoters of Fury and Joshua had hoped to match the two boxers by December.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it appears that fight will likely be pushed back to the first quarter of 2021.
Joshua is still slated to make a mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev on June 20 or July 25 in London. And Fury is heading to a trilogy fight with Wilder, which is likely getting pushed back to early October.
Should Joshua and Fury meet in the ring, the 'Gypsy King' would be a solid betting favorite.
“It is a fight that everyone wants to see. After Fury's last performance a lot of people's minds might have been changed. Again, you gotta look at each individual on their last performance. Anthony Joshua has shown a completely new side to him, saying, 'I'm now a student of this game'. Don't be fooled by the amazing performance that Tyson Fury did and write Anthony Joshua off, that would be a fatal mistake," Nelson told The Daily Star.
"Common sense and business sense says you have to put these two in the ring in the next 12 months. Unfortunately it's show business and sometimes the business kills the show. Everyone has to work together, the sun, moon and stars all have to align and if it doesn't happen then the fight doesn't happen. I know both fighters want the fight. Don't say either fighter is running scared, I know them both personally and they both want the fight.”