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Wilder, Fury or Joshua: Which Giant will remain standing?

Could Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua be the fighters that ignite a division that has been long forgotten about since the Mike Tyson era?

With the ponderous Wladimir Klitschko edging closer to retirement, three main contenders, all over 6 ft. 5, are left to box for the right to be king of the once infamous heavyweight division.

But who will emerge as the one?


Deontay Wilder

WBC world champion Deontay Wilder adds unpredictability to the mix. If he lands with his swinging right, its lights out. But if he misses, he stands perilously exposed.

In the first defence of his title, he fought Eric Molina in his hometown of Alabama which was supposed to be a celebratory occasion.

But Molina, touted to have no chance, caught Wilder flush on several occasions. If he possessed similar power to Fury or Joshua, maybe Wilder’s world title would have escaped his clutches in a flash.


Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury brings charisma to the table. An interesting contest would be who talks the most between him and Wilder if they ever held a press conference.

In October Fury faces Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, with the chance of holding all the aces in the heavyweight division at stake if he wins. That is a mammoth of a task for Fury but its a spectacular opportunity.

His fights tend to last longer than his up and coming rivals. If Wilder and Joshua clashed with the same opponents Fury has had, would they have finished the job quicker?

Fury isn’t as technically skilled as Joshua either. The ex-Irish champion would attempt to make a match-up with the Englishman or American an endurance battle without opening up too frequently. Styles make fights and maybe his approach would be all wrong for the others.


Anthony Joshua

AJ carries Britain’s expectations in his pursuit for glory.

In his pro career so far, he appears more composed when finishing his opponents than Wilder, which could mean he is a more intelligent competitor.

As we all know Joshua’s chin is yet to be pounded resulting in a question mark hovering over the Olympic gold medallist.

His upcoming fights will reveal a lot. Gary Cornish represents someone who is bigger than him, something unbeknown to Joshua. Both Wilder and Fury have the advantage over him for size so this should be a beneficial tune up match.

If he comes through unscathed Dillian Whyte awaits, the man who dropped Joshua as an amateur. Here the mental strength of Joshua will be examined against somebody who may have the upper hand physiologically.


Which Giant will reign?

For me Anthony Joshua would dismantle Tyson Fury and outsmart Deontay Wilder.

But in boxing, especially the heavyweight division, anything can happen at any moment.

These three big hitters combining could produce enthralling encounters with any one of the trio capable of coming out on top.

Liam McInerney

Colour writer for world section of irish-boxing.com. A Sugar Ray Robinson biography inspired me to be a boxing journalist. Twitter- @_LiamMcInerney