Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have represented Britain on the heavyweight world stage for the best part of a decade.
After Fury won and was stripped of/vacated the unified world titles in 2015, Joshua continued his rise on the scene by picking up the pieces – the highlight fight for both men being victory over Wladimir Klitschko.
When Fury returned to the sport in 2018, ‘AJ’ was still unified champion. ‘The Gypsy King’ would win the one remaining belt – the WBC – from Deontay Wilder in 2020.
Joshua lost and won back his straps against Andy Ruiz Jr in that time, and there was a moment where an all-British undisputed fight was a possibility.
That potential was squashed when Joshua lost to Oleksandr Usyk, and failed to repeat the Ruiz scenario by losing again in the rematch.
Despite some of the shine being lost for the domestic clash, it’s still high on the list of fights to be made before the current crop retire.
Undefeated American heavyweight, Jeremiah Milton, has sparred both big men and spoke to The Mayweather Boxing Channel about his experiences.
First up, he praised Fury’s adaptability.
“I feel like Fury is just that guy that’s just hella creative. He has a lot of different answers to a lot of different things. He has to fight Usyk and go ahead and make that realm understood, I’ve never shared the ring with Usyk.”
Joshua’s main strength, according to Milton, is his athleticism.
“I would say Joshua brings his athleticism and size. He’s actually a sharp fighter that’s well-conditioned and he places punches where he needs to place them. He has the ability to throw when he needs to throw.”
When comparing the two, and despite believing Fury is at the top of the pile, Milton – 10-0 with 7 KOs – said it was a tough fight.
“From an athletic standpoint, if they were to match up, I don’t care, that’s still a tough fight for Fury. I don’t elevate nobody to know god status in this game.”
Joshua is next out in a rematch with Dillian Whyte on August 12, whilst Fury will take a sidestep from the sport by facing MMA star, Francis Ngannou, on October 28.