‘That’s the best fight out there’ – Ricky Hatton explains why he wants to see Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder more than Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk undisputed clash

British boxing legend Ricky Hatton would rather see Anthony Joshua take on Deontay Wilder than Tyson Fury fight Oleksandr Usyk in 2023.

The Gypsy King has established himself as the best heavyweight in boxing in recent years and will look to become the undisputed champion in the next few months.

Fury is the WBC heavyweight world champion

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Fury is the WBC heavyweight world champion

To do that, he’ll need to get by Usyk who holds three of the four heavyweight belts after beating Joshua in back-to-back fights earlier this year.

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum recently told talkSPORT that a deal is in place for Fury to face Usyk in a fight that will take place no later than March 4 at a location yet to be decided.

‘The Hitman’, who helped Fury get back in shape ahead of his famous comeback, believes there’s only one winner when that fight takes place.

Hatton told BeanymanNews: “I can’t see past Tyson. I can’t see him losing against anyone, to be honest with you.

“But Usyk is an Olympic gold medalist, undisputed at cruiserweight and heavyweight champion of the world. So, if anyone has got a chance of beating Tyson, it’s Usyk.

“I just think he beats him in all areas… It’s hard to look against Tyson.”

Fury came back to boxing after losing a huge amount of weight in 2018 with the help of Hatton

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Fury came back to boxing after losing a huge amount of weight in 2018 with the help of Hatton

The British boxing legend believes Fury easily beats Usyk

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The British boxing legend believes Fury easily beats Usyk


The one-sided nature of the match-up seems to be why Hatton is more interested in a best-of-the-rest fight between Joshua and Wilder, who recently got back in the win column after subsequent defeats against Fury.

He added: “I think that’s the best fight out there.

“I mean, you wanna see Usyk and Tyson because they are number one and number two. But if you ask me which fight, I would rather see in the heavyweight division, I’d say it’s Joshua and Wilder.

“You would pay all day long for that. I wouldn’t like to call it, I think it would be a case of who lands first.”

A bout between Joshua and Wilder could be played for 2023

A bout between Joshua and Wilder could be played for 2023

British promoter Eddie Hearn, who oversees Joshua’s career, recently revealed he has had ‘very nice conversations‘ with Shelly Finkel, who looks after Wilder, about a 2023 fight between the two boxing superstars.

The rival representatives infamously clashed when trying to make a match-up between their heavyweights back in 2018 and 2019, with taunting insults exchanged and no fight materializing.

Now, things are looking much more positive heading into the new year and Hatton could well get to watch what he believes is the biggest fight in boxing sooner rather than later.

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