Calzaghe: Joshua-Fury Is Best For British Boxing
Joe Calzaghe had a career defining moment at the site of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defense, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.in 2007, then known as Millennium Stadium, Calzaghe won his super middleweight title unification fight against Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler in November 2007.
Calzaghe, now retired told Sky Sports that he’s reflecting on another fight… Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury, and how huge it would be for British boxing.
“I would love to see Tyson Fury get back into shape because I think it would be the biggest British fight of all time,” “A great fight for Britain. It would be a world title fight. Because remember, Tyson Fury beat Klitschko a lot more comfortably than Anthony Joshua. A great mix of styles. I would love to see that fight.”
As mentioned Wednesday on FIGHT SPORTS, Joshua has mentioned that he badly wants to fight Fury, but the British Boxing Board of Control still hasn’t granted the Manchester native a boxing license. The former heavyweight champion battled alcoholism, cocaine addiction and depression after he upset Wladimir Klitschko to win the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles in November 2015.
Fury in the midst of gaining his mental health and sobriety, gained a significant amount of weight since he last boxed, but has repeatedly said he is committed to a comeback.
During Fury’s hiatus, the undefeated Joshua has supplanted Fury as the United Kingdom’s biggest boxing star. A crowd of over 75,000 is expected to pack Principality Stadium for the fight against Cameroon’s Takam, a late replacement for IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
And while Deontay Wilder has built a case, and a platform, for a unification bout with Joshua, Calzaghe thinks the skillful Fury would give Joshua a tougher time than the hard-hitting Wilder.
“Deontay Wilder, I think Tyson Fury would be a tougher fight for Joshua, just because of the way he boxes,” Calzaghe said. “I fancy AJ to knock out Wilder, but it will be pretty entertaining while it lasts.
“Fingers crossed, he hopefully will take care of business at the weekend, and [we’ll] see Tyson Fury get back in shape. That would be a good fight.”