Anthony Joshua, fresh from his unanimous points victory against Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, has made himself available to help Tyson Fury overcome Deontay Wilder. Wilder currently holds the WBC heavyweight title, the one which has so far eluded Joshua, but Fury has a chance to take it from him in February. The bout is eagerly anticipated by many, especially in the UK online betting world, and Joshua is ready to spar the Gypsy King as he prepares to do battle.
It was a surprising offer from Joshua, 30, with he and Fury having clashed repeatedly over the years. The two-time heavyweight champion of the world from Watford thinks the move will be mutually beneficial, however, as he feels the bout between himself and Fury will happen a lot quicker than a meeting in the ring with Wilder.
The offer made to Fury by Joshua was accepted quickly, with the former posting a video on social media to congratulate the latter on reclaiming his belts from Andy Ruiz Jr while inviting him to spar. Fury, who was the king of the heavyweight division when he beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, still retains lineal status and is eager to prove himself as the top dog once again.
Fury and Joshua working together in camp ahead of the February 22nd showdown in Las Vegas will whet the appetite for both men ahead of a potential showdown if Fury manages to hand Deontay Wilder the first loss of his career. Wilder, 34, heads into the bout off the back of another devastating knockout victory, after sending Luis Ortiz packing in November. He had Fury down more than once in their first meeting in December 2018 and will be confident of his chances of doing the same again.
In another interesting move ahead of Wilder-Fury 2, the Gypsy King has parted ways with trainer Ben Davison. The 27-year-old helped to guide Fury through his comeback to both physical and mental well-being and was his trainer for the first bout with Wilder. However, Fury is said to have wanted a more technical element added to his camp ahead of the rematch.
Javan ‘Sugar Hill’ is the man Fury has chosen to replace the outgoing Davison, with the pair having known each other for nearly a decade. Hill is the nephew of the late Emmanuel Steward, who trained the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox Lewis. Fury reportedly believes the Kronk style is the key to defeating Wilder and is ready to press ahead as he looks to claim the WBC crown.
If Fury is successful, he will undoubtedly be keen on getting in the ring with Joshua, in what would be one of the most significant boxing bouts of all time. Both men believe they can beat each other, and the sparring, which is set to take place shortly, will allow them to take a closer look at what they can expect to face if the showdown happens.