TYSON FURY and Anthony Joshua on a collision course for a shocking winter Battle of Britain.
WBC heavyweight king Fury has offered his longtime rival a jump into the prestigious green belt – much to the surprise of many.
And the Wythenshawe warrior has made AJ’s team an offer that includes a whopping 35 percent share of the lucrative purse on offer.
Fury and Joshua were set to fight last year after agreeing a stunning two-fight deal in March 2020.
But Deontay Wilder failed in the undisputed fight as he won his arbitration for a trilogy fight with Fury.
Despite being worlds apart in terms of personality, Fury and Joshua do have some things in common.
Three common opponents, to be precise.
The two shared the ring with journeyman Kevin Johnson, British battering ram Dillian Whyte and former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
But how did they fare against the trio?
Well, SunSport is on hand to detail the duo’s victories over their mutual opponents.
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Gypsy King Fury was the first to compete with American veteran Johnson against the now 42-year-old in Belfast ten years ago.
The undefeated Fury was tapped to show a star but failed to deliver, despite boxing his way to a unanimous decision win.
The judges scored the fight 119-110, 119-108 and 119-108 in Fury’s favour.
Joshua fought Johnson almost three years later in his third appearance at the O2 Arena.
The fight didn’t last long, however, as he chopped it up into two rounds to achieve a TKO victory and retain the WBC International heavyweight title.
Former two-time Unified Heavyweight Champion Joshua faced Whyte in a rematch just months after Johnson demolished.
The fight offered AJ a chance to avenge his amateur loss to the Brixton Body Snatcher.
And he did so with a vicious KO in the seventh round after an exciting back and forth.
Fury, on the other hand, would get his hands on his former sparring partner almost seven years later in front of a sold-out Wembley Stadium.
And he finished off Whyte in a similar fashion to AJ, knocking him out with a brutal uppercut in the sixth verse.
Fury’s breakthrough came in November 2015 when he faced then-unified heavyweight champion Klitschko in hostile territory in Germany.
And he defied the odds with an awkward and unorthodox approach to frustrate and suffocate the dominant champion and capture the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles by unanimous decision.
Joshua would face Klitschko 17 months later in a never-ending war at Wembley that made him a worldwide superstar.
AJ survived a sixth-round knockdown and excessive fatigue to stop the beloved Klitschko in the 11th and clinch the vacant WBA and IBO heavyweight titles.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6159302/tyson-fury-anthony-joshua-fight-common-opponents/ The three boxers, both Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, have fought and how they fared ahead of the Battle of Britain showdown