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Anthony Joshua poised to challenge undisputed winner of Fury vs. Usyk showdown


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Anthony Joshua is ready to step into the ring against the winner of Saturday night’s highly anticipated undisputed heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, if the bout proves to be a one-sided affair.

The 35-year-old WBC champion Fury and Ukraine’s 37-year-old WBA, IBF, and WBO titleholder Usyk have already scheduled a lucrative rematch for this winter.

However, Joshua’s trainer, Ben Davison, believes that a dominant performance by either fighter could open the door for the 34-year-old Joshua to challenge for the world title once again. Davison, who previously trained Fury for nearly three years, sees an opportunity for Joshua, especially if the fight does not live up to competitive expectations.

Joshua, who has been training in Riyadh and is set to provide commentary for the fight, is eager to take on the winner. Davison, who has guided Joshua to two convincing victories recently, is confident in Joshua’s potential to disrupt the heavyweight division’s status quo.

“Maybe I am looking at it with an Anthony Joshua hat on,” Davison told SunSport. “But if this is a one-sided fight, either way, I think the fans will demand Anthony Joshua fights the winner. If Fury wins, then the AJ fight is the biggest fight in British boxing history. And if Usyk wins, I am very passionate about having the opportunity to put those two defeats right.”

Former undisputed champion Lennox Lewis believes Davison’s unique insight into both Fury and Joshua could be crucial in any future matchup. Despite their past, neither Fury nor Davison has spoken ill of the other publicly, maintaining a professional respect.

Davison, reflecting on his time with Fury, said, “I was 24 years old when I was training Tyson. I am now 31 and have developed as a trainer. I am sure Tyson has developed as a fighter, and AJ is changing and improving as a fighter, so the situation is very different.”

Despite being dismissed by Fury after the 2019 Otto Wallin fight, Davison has continued to respect Fury and looks back on their time together with pride. “It would be great to look back on it and think I played a small part in it. But what I have done in terms of his whole life and getting to this point, it’s minor. There will always be those positive memories, and I always wish him all the best.”

As the heavyweight division waits with bated breath, the potential for an Anthony Joshua showdown with either Fury or Usyk looms large, promising to be a monumental event in boxing history.

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