Former welterweight and light welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton said that he wants heavyweight champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to fight each other, and soon.
Hatton spoke to Boxing News and said that he would love the two Brits to compete. Fury is the number one heavyweight after beating former champion Wladimir Klitshcko last year.
“Fury-Joshua would be huge," Hatton said. "If I were Tyson, I would want to get Joshua sooner rather than later because he’s going to improve. It’s hard to argue his [Joshua’s] unbelievable achievement, winning the world title after 16 fights, but Tyson beat the man. That’s the yard stick at the minute."
While such a fight would be big for the heavyweight division, a Fury vs. Joshua fight would most definitely happen after 2016. Fury will have his rematch against Klitshcko with Fury's titles on the line on October 29. Joshua is fighting on November 26, but his opponent has yet to be determined. Hatton believes Fury would win if the two were to fight now.
“At the minute I would lean toward Tyson, he’s tall and big and has got the experience, and he can get in your head," Hatton said. "He likes to pull and sway and dip away from punches. It’s very easy for Anthony to nail someone like Charles Martin, who stood in front of him, I don’t think Tyson will do that. I don’t think Joshua has fought anyone like that yet. Everyone he’s fought has stood in front of him and he’s banged them out. My advice would be to get him some fights against people who can mirror what Tyson does, so then he’s got a better chance if it does happen. He needs the rounds too.”
Joshua is the IBF heavyweight champion and Fury won the WBA (Unified), WBO, IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal heavyweight champion.