The Big Question: Can Tyson Fury topple AJ and Wilder?

Boxing Monthly
08/06/2018 8:19am

With Tyson Fury returning to the ring this Saturday, we asked members of the BM online team whether they believe the 'Gypsy King' can topple Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder...

Yes, if he's given time. Tyson Fury is a huge man and he'll need time to not only work off ring rust, but also get himself back into optimum condition. He won't have AJ's body on Saturday night, but it won't ever matter. When Fury is motivated and prepared, he's more than a handful for any top heavyweight, which I'm sure Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are aware of. - Martin Chesnutt

For me, it depends on the power Fury possesses. He can slip-and-slide, but the difference between Wilder/AJ and those nipping at their heels is that fight-ending force. Fury will have to demonstrate his power as I feel that dancing his way out of trouble may not be enough against the younger, fresher champions. The enormous stride of Wilder could affect Fury's efficiency on the back foot, giving him less time and space to manoeuvre. Facing Joshua could be his best shot. - Craig Scott

If Fury is able to get back to full fitness and maintain his seemingly rediscovered desire for competing, then he will definitely be a threat to both Joshua and Wilder. His awkward style and approach would make for an interesting clash of styles with both of those champions, who have more of a 'seek and destroy' philosophy. I hope for the sake of heavyweight division that Fury can get back to his best and cause a stir. A fight with AJ is one of the biggest that can be made, so hopefully he can progress quickly on his return. Plus the build-up to that all-British clash would be brilliant. - Lee Gormley

Yes, Fury could topple Joshua and / or Wilder: but until he's physically back in the ring a couple of times, I don't think we can properly answer that question. The Fury who beat Wladimir Klitschko could very-well out-point Joshua and have a winning shoot-out with Wilder, but we don't know if that version of Fury still exists. - Colin Harris

Right now, no. Down the line, perhaps. I have fallen into the trap like others of saying a ‘prime’ Fury would beat AJ and Wilder but who knows if any of that prime is left. This weekend is about just seeing if Fury can move as well as he did previously did. That movement would be key to defeating both of the aforementioned names. Both of them are bangers but both can be out boxed and outmanoeuvred. - James Oddy

Despite his previous world championship exploits the jury still needs to be out on Fury. By all accounts he is looking fit and sharp in training. However, it is doubtful that two-and-a-half years out of the ring and the requirement to shed an extensive amount of weight, hasn’t come at some cost. Fury’s colourful and loose-cannon persona out of the ring has always proved the polar opposite to his careful style within it. Beyond the '70s hustler shades and the loud shirts has always lurked a keen tactical brain and a fighter that fully understands boxing’s percentages. Fury has always had great movement for a big man, allied with an educated defence and the aptitude to fully utilise his physical advantages of height and reach. Never destructive, at least in the one-punch methodology, the Fury of old possessed sufficient ability to wear down and frustrate both Wilder and Joshua. But that was the old Fury. Options are still open on the new Fury and how much of the Klitschko era vintage still remains. It is doubtful that we will learn much from this weekend’s return against Sefer Seferi. But, it is hard to believe that the old champ would return unless he genuinely fancies his chances. - Garry White