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Nelson Warns: Writing Joshua Off in Fury Fight is a Fatal Mistake!

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.

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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.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Oshio on 03-29-2020

Nelson is correct. Joshua at this stage cannot be predicted like Wilder who is a one pony puncher. Wilder's defeat has been coming since God knows... Losing every round against Ortiz

Comment by hugh grant on 03-28-2020

Nobody writing Josh off. Fury might start favourite. But it's a pickem almost. But ultimately fury will look like he's been doing it his whole life whilst Josh will look like he's been doing it for 12 years.

Comment by Marchegiano on 03-28-2020

I don't currently see a mean for Josh to beat Fury but I could be swayed.

Comment by Songbird on 03-28-2020

hardly fatal, doubt anyone dies stop making excuses about show business ruining fights, use your (tiny) influence to make them happen, marinators out

Comment by Ray* on 03-28-2020

No one is writing him off but i just hate this guy..(Nelson).

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