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Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury: Head To Head Stats & Betting Offers

boxing legend poster with union jack flagWhen it comes to the world of heavyweight boxing, few fights have been as eagerly anticipated in the modern era as the upcoming one between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. The pair have been dancing around each other for some time, with various excuses for the fight being postponed coming to the fore. Now both men have signed a contract for two fights, meaning that we’ll definitely get to witness the much-anticipated battle. The first fight is set to take place in Saudi Arabia on 14th August.

When AJ beat Kubrat Pulev at Wembley at the end of last year, he became the IBF, WBA and WBO champion. The Gypsy King, meanwhile, defeated Deontay Wilder for the WBC title, meaning that a fight between the pair has the potential to unify all of the titles and is therefore arguably the biggest fight in the history of British boxing.

The purse for the first fight will be split 50/50, with the winner then getting a 60/40 split for the second bout. The question is, who will win?  It is a hard one to call but on this page we give you all the head to head stats you need to help you pick which fighter will win, when and how.

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Head-To-Head Fight Records

Stat Anthony Joshua Tyson Fury
Age 31 32
Height 6 foot 6 inches 6 foot 9 inches
Reach 82” 85”
Record 24 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Draws 30 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Draw
Number Of Knockouts 22 21
Knockout % 88% 68%
Previously Undefeated Fighters Defeated 6 7
Result Of Last Fight Knock-Out (Pulev) Technical Knock-Out (Wilder)

The first place to start is by looking at the fight records of the two boxers, going into detail to get a sense of which of them is most likely to come out on top.

Each of them has been able to claim a high-profile scalp during their career to date, making it difficult for many to figure out who is the most likely to win. Tyson Fury has been involved in five more fights than his opponent, but also turned professional five years earlier than Antony Joshua. The table above looks at how the two fighters match up against one another in a number of key metrics.

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In some aspects there is little to separate the pair, but in others there’s no question that there are some differences. Fury is both taller than Joshua and has a longer reach, but AJ has a much better knockout record in terms of percentages. The Gypsy King isn’t as good a finisher as Joshua, but then he’s won more fights than his opponent and never lost, whereas AJ has that embarrassing loss to Andy Ruiz Junior on his record.

Given how close the two fighters are to each other in many ways, it’s worth having a look at who they’ve both faced to get a sense of their abilities. Starting with the earliest, here’s the list of the last ten fighters that AJ has gone up against and their record heading into the bout:

Fighter Pre-Bout Wins Pre-Bout Losses Pre-Bout Draws
Charles Martin 23 0 1
Dominic Breazeale 17 0 0
Eric Molina 25 3 0
Wladamir Klitschko 64 4 0
Carlos Takam 35 3 1
Joseph Parker 24 0 0
Alexander Povetkin 34 1 0
Andy Ruiz Jr 32 1 0
Andy Ruiz Jr 33 1 0
Kubrat Pulev 28 1 0

In total, fighters going up against Anthony Joshua had endured 14 losses before their fight, with only two of them having bouts that ended in draws. Here’s how Tyson Fury’s record compares against his last ten fighters, starting with the earliest:

Fighter Pre-Bout Wins Pre-Bout Losses Pre-Bout Draws
Joey Abell 29 7 0
Derek Chisora 20 4 0
Christian Hammer 17 3 0
Wladamir Klitschko 64 3 0
Sefer Seferi 23 1 0
Francesco Pianeta 35 4 1
Deontay Wilder 42 0 0
Tom Schwartz 24 0 0
Otto Wallin 20 0 0
Deontay Wilder 42 0 1

Between them, the fighters the Gypsy King has taken on have lost 22 times heading into their fight with Fury, with just two of them having drawn bouts and one of them was Wilder having had his first match with Fury called as a draw.

It’s perhaps fair to say that the record of Anthony Joshua slightly outweighs that of Fury in terms of the calibre of opposition that both men have faced. The last five fights of Anthony Joshua have all been fairly tough, including the fact that Joseph Parker was the undefeated WBO heavyweight champion when the pair went up against each other. Even Joshua’s win over Klitschko was more impressive than Fury’s, knocking him out rather than winning on points

Favourite Round For A Knockout

Round Joshua Knock-Outs Fury Knock-Outs
1 5 3
2 8 3
3 3 3
4 0 3
5 0 4
6 0 0
7 3 2
8 0 1
9 1 1
10 1 1
11 1 0
12 0 0

The next thing to look at with the two fighters is when they enjoy a knockout. Many expect Anthony Joshua to win it early if he’s going to knock Fury out, given that 16 of his knock-out wins to date have come in the first three rounds. 76% of AJ’s knockout wins have come in the first quarter of his bouts, with eight of those wins coming in round two, which is unquestionably his favourite round to win a match in.

For Fury, the knock-out percentage is lower in general, but it’s the fifth round that Joshua will have to watch out for. Four of the Gypsy King’s knock-out victories have been achieved in round five, so if it makes it that far then it will be interesting to see what AJ does to avoid following a similar fate.

The table above looks takes a more in-depth look at the rounds in which the two boxers have achieved a knock-out.

There are never any guarantees in boxing and both fighters have enjoyed knock-outs after the seventh, but if it makes it to eight then there’s a very real chance that it could end up going all the way. Given how closely aligned these two fighters are, don’t be surprised if that is indeed what ends up happening and it’s left up to the judges to separate them from each other when the final bell tolls.

Punch Success Rate

Fighter Average Punches Per Round Average Number Of Punches That Land Average Strongest Round Punch Success Rate In Strong Round
Anthony Joshua 35 11 (31%) 6th 16 / 41 (39%)
Tyson Fury 47 12 (25%) 10th 15 / 62 (24%)

If you want to knock out a fellow boxer, the best way of doing so is by punching them hard. If you hope to get the KO on your record then you need to ensure that you land those punches as often as possible, so which of the two fighters has the best record in doing so and which is their favourite round for landing their throws?

Above we look at how the two fighters have got on in their last five bouts.

Whichever way you look at the evidence, the suggestion is that Anthony Joshua likes to end fights early but Tyson Fury has a propensity to draw them out. He’ll be looking to withstand AJ’s early onslaught and hope that his opponent tires as the fight goes on, meaning that he can hit him with a devastating flurry towards the end of the fight. A bet on AJ in the 6th or Fury in 10th might be worth a consideration.

Thinking About Points

Fight Score
Joshua v Parker 118-110, 118-110, 119-109
Joshua v Ruiz 118-110, 118-110, 119-109
Fury v Pianeta 100-90 (10 Rounds, 1 Scorer)
Fury v Power 80-72 (8 Rounds, 1 Scorer)
Fury v Mrazek 60-50 (6 Rounds, 1 Scorer)
Fury v McDermott 98-92 (10 Rounds, 1 Scorer)

If the fight ends up going all the way to the end, it will be up to the judges to decide which of the fighters has won on points. That is something that Anthony Joshua has only experienced twice in his 25 fights to date, so it’s fair to say that we only have a limited amount of information to work with on that front. Fury, meanwhile, has seen his fight decided on points four times. The table above looks at how the fights have been decided for each boxer.

It’s interesting to note that most of Fury’s points-based results were in the early part of his career, when he was asked to fight fewer rounds than he’ll face against Joshua when the fight eventually goes ahead. It’s also intriguing that both of Joshua’s wins came with exactly the same points being scored by the three judges involved, which is worth bearing in mind if you’re thinking about a bet on the points.

Where The Fights Have Taken Place

Fighter Country Bouts Wins
Anthony Joshua United Kingdom 23 23
Anthony Joshua United States of America 1 0
Anthony Joshua Saudi Arabia 1 1
Tyson Fury United Kingdom 21 21
Tyson Fury United States of America 5 4
Tyson Fury Canada 1 1
Tyson Fury Germany 1 1
Tyson Fury Ireland 1 1

It’s not a common thing for people to think about, but the venue of a boxing match can have an influence on its outcome. Tyson Fury resisted the pull of America for many years, steering clear of fighting there until he took on Steve Cunningham at Madison Square Garden in 2012. Joshua, meanwhile, has only fought in the United States once in his career, which was when he lost to Andy Ruiz Junior. The table above looks at the records of each fighter in various countries.

Fury has fought and won in more places, with his only drawn match to date coming in the United States of America. Joshua lost his only US-based fight, but won the other fight that he had outside of the United Kingdom, with both of them being against Andy Ruiz Junior.

Thinking About Your Bets

heavyweight boxer looks like anthony joshuaWhen it comes down to it, there is very little of note to separate to two boxers. There’s a reason why the match-up is one of the most hotly anticipated in British boxing history, with few people prepared to actually put their neck on the line and declare how they think it’s going go. That means that the market is likely to be red hot when it comes to betting, so figuring out what to place your wagers on could be key.

The first thing that you need to figure out is what it is that you personally like to bet on. If you’re the sort of person that usually just goes for the straight 1X2 market then that’s a relatively easy one to choose: who do you think will win? It would be wrong to say definitively that it would be a tie, but the likelihood is that one of these two boxers will win the first bout between the pair of them.

After that, you can think about Round betting. If you have a sense of which boxer is the most likely to win, you can next try to figure out which round they’ll land the knock-out blow in. Though AJ has never knocked anyone out in the sixth and Fury has only achieved one knock-out in the tenth, the fact that those rounds are statistically the ones that they both throw and land the most punches in is certainly worth taking note of.

Tyson Fury tends to win his fights slightly later on than Anthony Joshua, but when AJ fought Andy Ruiz Junior in the rematch he changed his fighting style slightly to allow him to go the distance. Will he do something similar again for his battle with the Gypsy King? If so, is it likely to be a fight that’s decided on points? Were that to be the case, the fact that the three judges in two different fights have scored it 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 in Joshua’s favour is interesting.

heavyweight boxer cartoon looks like tyson furyThe reality is that there are so many unanswered questions about the outcome of this fight and not even a closer look at the statistics paints a clearer picture. When it comes to placing your wager, you’ll probably have a sense of which boxer is more likely to come out on top, so a combination of your intuition and the stats that we’ve provided you with might be the way to go when it comes to placing your wager.

One of the things that you might want to do is to leave placing your bet until as late as possible, scouring the likes of social media to get a better sense of what sort of mood the two fighters are in ahead of the bout. Even as early as March, Joshua was making noises that no fight for months isn’t the best preparation for an event of this magnitude, so trying to figure out if he’s been training well could help to sway your decision.

The other thing that we don’t know right now is where the fight will take place. As Eddie Hearn said, it is a fight that every country in the world would want to host, so pretty much anything is on the cards at the time of writing. Is it possible that where the fight is hosted might give one of these boxers an edge over the other? If crowds are allowed back in to watch it, you shouldn’t under-estimate the impact that they’ll have on the outcome.

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