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Tyson Fury: Anthony Joshua and I have inspired British heavyweights to become world champions

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Tyson Fury believes both he and British rival Anthony Joshua have changed the heavyweight landscape for Britain’s rising prospects; Fury stills eyes a future stadium fight at Old Trafford: “Never say never”; plus Scott Welch considers the pros and cons of Fury vs Ngannou

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua agree on little.

They certainly don’t seem to be about to reach an agreement on fighting each other any time soon. But Fury believes they have both forged a path that other British heavyweights can follow.

“I think we’ve given them a lot to aim for, with me and AJ,” Fury told Sky Sports.

“We’ve given them a lot of hope that it can be done. Because before I became world champion, Britain had only had maybe six or five world [heavyweight] champions throughout the history of boxing.

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“All of a sudden we had a few more of late,” he continued. “A lot of highly ranked world heavyweights. I think we’ve inspired a lot of people and hopefully they can go on and continue to do well in the division.”

But while he acknowledges how capable some of the UK’s rising heavyweights are, he doesn’t see any of them rivalling him or Joshua just yet.

“I think we’ve got a lot of talent. Young David Adeleye, Solomon Dacres, Johnny Fisher, Frazer Clarke, Nathan Gorman, Daniel Dubois,” Fury said. “There’s a lot of red hot talent coming through in this country especially.

“I think there’s a lot of good fights at British level at the moment,” he continued.

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“I don’t think they’re anywhere near world level at the moment. They’re only young people so they should be contesting for English titles, maybe the British title. So I’m not sure how far they can go, but they definitely look like good prospects.”

While he is not optimistic that an all-British heavyweight clash with Anthony Joshua can be made, Fury still expects to have major contests in the UK, eyeing Old Trafford as a potential venue for a stadium fight.

“I was supposed to fight at Old Trafford last year,” he noted.

“Never say never.”

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