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Fury wants Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin winner

Anthony Joshua Tyson FuryBy Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like you can forget about Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) facing WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder last this year in a big mega-fight. Fury says he’s interested in fighting the winner of the April 9 fight between IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs).

Fury is hoping fellow Brit Joshua will win because it would setup a huge money fight between the two of them in the UK for later this year. The money that Fury would make against Joshua would likely be substantial, given that it would probably be televised on Sky Box Office PPV, and a high number of boxing fans would purchase it.

For Fury to get the mega-fight that he wants, he needs to defeat Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch. Additionally, Joshua will need to do his part by beating the 6’5” Martin on 4/9. Neither of these things are easy tasks, and it’s quite likely one of those fights won’t go as planned.

“It will be huge in this country for sure. If he wins – or whoever wins – I will fight them next. I hope Joshua wins because of the money and Martin because he is such a nice guy,” Fury said to “One thing I do know is when the fight happens between Joshua or Martin, I’ll introduce them to big-time boxing. I will say: ‘Welcome to big-time boxing’ to either of them. Once I’ve flattened them.”

Deontay, 6’7″, will have to wait for the smoke to clear from the Klitschko-Fury 2 and Martin-Joshua fights before he can see where he has a chance to fight one of these guys. I wouldn’t be surprised if Deontay gets stuck fighting the loser of one of those two fights rather than the winner unfortunately.

If Fury does get a fight against Joshua or Martin, he’s going to have problems unless he stays on the move for 12 rounds like he did against Wladimir last November. Joshua can obviously be out-boxed, because he’s flat-footed, slow on his feet, and he pushes his punches. However, Martin will be a more difficult task for Fury because he can actually move, and has fast hands and feet.

Fury will need to come up with some other strategy to beat the talented American. The only way I can see Fury beating the 29-year-old Martin is if he stands and trades with him. If he tries to run from him, the southpaw Martin will spear him with shots all night long and eventually KO him.

Fury needs to be worrying about the Klitschko rematch because I see that being a much more difficult fight than the first time. Wladimir is going to be letting his hands go this time because he knows that he cannot afford to lose to Fury a second time. You can expect Wladimir to throw a ton of right hands because those are the only punches he was able to land against Fury.

If Wladimir is prepared for the fight, then he’ll be ready to reload with his right hands when he misses with his long punches from the outside. The last time, Wladimir would throw a tentative right hand and then fall into a clinch. In the rematch, you can expect Wladimir to immediately throw a right hand from close range when he misses with his initial right hand shots. Wladimir just needs to watch some of Deontay Wilder’s fights to learn what to do when he misses with his right hands.

Deontay doesn’t just give and clinch like a submissive fighter after he misses with a right. Deontay immediately fires a howitzer of a right hand in close after he misses. Wladimir has to do the same against Fury otherwise he’s going to get clowned and made to look like a doddering old man. Wladimir will be 40-years-old next month in March. He’s getting up there in age and probably should be thinking of a clever exit from the sport.

A win over Fury in their rematch would be a good time for Wladimir to step away from the sport. At least he would finish on a high rather than ending his career with a loss like many fighters do. Wladimir’s older brother Vitali Klitschko finished his career with a win, and he then went into politics. It would be perfect for Wladimir to wrap up his career with a KO win over the 27-year-old Fury.

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