Tommy McCarthy believes that demolition of Deontay Wilder could be the blueprint for another Tyson Fury masterclass – this time against Anthony Joshua.
Fury was simply sensational as he handed Wilder a first professional defeat in their rematch in Las Vegas last February.
Much to the surprise of many experts, Fury came out aggressively against the big-punching Wilder. And he dominated every second of the seven one-sided rounds which followed.
Eventually Wilder’s co-trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel to save his man from further punishment. And to make Fury world heavyweight champion for a second time.
Fury aggression the key
McCarthy (17-2) believes a repeat of that strategy – under the tutelage of Kronk Gym disciples ‘SugarHill’ Steward and Andy Lee – could bring a similar result against Joshua.
The 30-year-old Irishman said: “I think Fury wins. If he applies similar tactics as he did in the second (Deontay) Wilder fight, he could get the same result. He’s that good.”
Fury (30-0-1) and Joshua (24-1) currently hold all of the world heavyweight titles, and which man has the better record so far is the subject of much debate on boxing Twitter.
McCarthy gave his view on the thorny topic, saying: “Joshua has beaten better names and has a deeper record, but Fury’s wins against Wladimir Klitschko and then Wilder certainly have had more impact on boxing.”
If, as expected, Fury and Joshua meet this summer – likely in the Middle East – it will be approaching 18 months since ‘The Gypsy King’ last set foot in a a professional ring.
Twice recently – after high-profile defeats for Conor McGregor and Josh Warrington – Fury has been open about the dangers of inactivity for a prize fighter. Will that be a problem for him against Joshua? We asked McCarthy for his view.
“I dunno if it’s a risk, but let’s just say I don’t think it’s ideal,” he reasoned.
Fury and Joshua are expected to clash in either June or July with the showdown expected to earn each of them around $100million each. They are then expected to meet again in an immediate rematch.