DeGale: Joshua Should Fight Fury
Ahead of his January title unification with Badou Jack, British super-middleweight James DeGale spoke about another one of 2017’s biggest fights: the heavyweight superfight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Though the fight presents an intriguing matchup, DeGale wishes Joshua was facing Tyson Fury instead.
Per ESPN, DeGale said that he still considers Fury to be the true champion of the heavyweight division.
"Everyone’s making a big deal out of the fight; it’s a good fight but Klitschko lost his last fight to Fury, the real champ is Fury.”
Fury upset Klitschko in November of 2015, capturing the Ukranian’s championship titles. Since then, everything has fallen apart for Fury, whose fall hit its lowest point when he vacated the titles after his mental health and drug issues were made public.
Joshua has taken the reigns as the top name in the heavyweight division, but the memory of Klitschko being bested just a year ago takes the air of the superfight for DeGale.
"It doesn’t really excite me,” he said. “I want to see it but I’d rather Anthony Joshua box Fury, that’s all. Anthony Joshua’s the man, a beast, he’s the best heavyweight in the world now.
"I didn’t mean to put the fight down, just I’d rather see Joshua fight the real champ. Anthony Joshua is a beast, he’s a very good fighter, and is going to go on to be a superstar."
Meanwhile, DeGale has the chance to establish himself as the true best super-middleweight in the world. Even if the Joshua-Klitschko fight does not excite him, he predicts his fellow Brit to continue his dominance.
“I think it is watered down, I think it will be,” he said of the Klitschko fight. “But I expect Joshua to stop Klitschko, and look good doing it."