Frank Warren has issued a five-point statement outlining why Tyson Fury is miles better than boxing rival Anthony Joshua.
Despite never meeting in the ring, the Gypsy King, 33, has held a long-standing rivalry with Joshua due to their longevity at the top of the heavyweight division. Before Fury's fight against Whyte, fans were crying out for the first undisputed clash of the WBA–WBC–IBF–WBO era but any potential bout was scuppered when Oleksandr Usyk bested the Watford-born warrior via unanimous decision.
Following Saturday's knockout blow to Dillian Whyte, Fury and Joshua now have two opponents in common – with the other being retired Ukrainian hero Wladimir Klitschko. Warren believes that the ease in which Fury dispatched Klitschko and Whyte proves he's a better boxer than Joshua.
"When Tyson fought Klitschko, that was 18 months or two years before Joshua did, and he was a better fighter. And Tyson went over and done it in his backyard," Warren told IFL TV, via Boxing Scene.
"He was based in Germany, his fights were all in Germany, he went and done it in front of 60-odd thousand fans, and went and took him to school in Germany, and he was the best heavyweight of his generation. You look how Tyson fought him, I mean, he never got a look in, Klitschko."
"Then you look at Klitschko against Joshua – if he’d had the legs that he’d had maybe when he was fighting Tyson, he might have finished Joshua. But he got up, credit to Anthony Joshua, he got off the canvas, took the fight back to him, but I think he could have stopped him, an old Klitschko would have stopped him.
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The Gypsy King successfully defended his WBC heavyweight and The Ring Magazine titles against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte on Saturday evening with a chilling uppercut that send the Body Snatcher to the floor. Alongside Klitschko, Whyte is another opponent the British pair have in common with Joshua, but Warren claims the Gypsy King defeated a more-rounded opponent than Joshua did in 2015.
He added: "Did Dillian Whyte improve after fighting AJ? I think he did, and I think Joshua had a tougher fight with Dillian Whyte than Tyson certainly did, that’s for sure. Dillian Whyte’s fights with Derek Chisora? I think their first one, I thought Chisora just nicked it, I think the second one you know if Dillian didn’t clip him, I think he was behind.
"Tyson beat him the first time, and the second time, he absolutely took him to school. In fact, he done the same job on [Whyte] there in some ways it was a bit like watching the early rounds of the Chisora fight how he jabbed him and picked him apart.
"So, I’ve got to say Tyson. People say I’m biased, everyone’s got the opinions, but I think anyone who knows a bit about boxing would think he’s had the better fights."
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