Johnny Nelson has come out with some strong praise for Tyson Fury this week, boldly claiming there are no better fighters in the sport than ‘The Gypsy King’ – at least in the heavyweight division.
In an interview with Pro Boxing Fans, Nelson played down recent arguments that Anthony Joshua holds a better resume than Fury, stating the undefeated WBC world champion has established himself as top of the tree.
“Tyson Fury has proved he’s the best in the world. Regardless of what your resume says, he’s still unbeaten.”
“He’s held his position and maintained his dominance. The fact is, Tyson Fury has proved he’s the best fighter out there. It doesn’t matter what he’s said or done, that’s the goal – to be the best. Fury’s proved that.”
Eddie Hearn has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been the most vocal advocate of Joshua’s resume over Fury’s, insisting the depth of ‘AJ’s record, despite blemished, trumps the marquee wins held by Fury over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder.
It looks likely Fury will get the chance to put the debate to rest in 2023, with talks for an undisputed clash against Joshua’s tormentor Oleksandr Usyk said to be nearing completion.
Promoter Bob Arum revealed in a recent interview that a date and venue were the only outstanding details to be finalised for the historic bout, which would be the first undisputed heavyweight title fight in over two decades.
Although a return to Wembley Stadium has not been ruled out entirely, a fight between Fury and Usyk is widely tipped to land in the Middle East. Multiple lucrative offers from the region have already reportedly been received to stage the contest, including from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.