Tyson Fury would be '51% favourite' if he fought Anthony Joshua, claims Anthony Ogogo

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Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua almost happened this summer, until Deontay Wilder's successful arbitration led to a trilogy bout with Fury for the WBC belt the Brit took from 'The Bronze Bomber', while Joshua moved on to grant Oleksandr Usyk his WBO mandatory defence, which will air on DAZN in over 170 countries (check for availability here).

Many remain hopeful the fight can still happen in 2022, if Fury gets past Wilder again on their rearranged date of Oct. 9 and Joshua retains his WBO, IBF and WBA belts vs. Usyk on Sept. 25. However Anthony Ogogo, who was part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics alongside super-heavyweight gold medalist Joshua, cannot help but lean towards Fury in that hypothetical scenario.

"It’s the million dollar question, right?", Ogogo told DAZN at the Hooked On Wrestling watch party in London for AEW All Out, where Ogogo currently works as a professional wrestler.

"It’s heavyweight boxing, so anything can happen. But if I had to put my life on it, I’d back Tyson Fury. Even then, I’m leaning towards him by like 51% to 49%.

"It also depends on which Tyson Fury shows up as well, of course. If the Fury who beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 turns up, Fury wins for sure. But then, if it’s the same Fury that had a shocker against John McDermott all those years ago, he gets stopped.

"Either way, it’d be a brilliant fight to watch happen."

Ogogo has impressed many in his new life as a menacing villain as part of a stable called The Factory, tearing through fellow rookies before being handed his biggest wrestling spotlight to date at the company's big 'Double Or Nothing' event when he lost a competitive singles bout to one of the promotion's biggest names, Cody Rhodes.

Shortly after that match, Ogogo returned to the UK for surgery on a severe facial injury which ran the risk of further aggravating the damaged eye which forced his boxing retirement, and hopes to be back in the United States on AEW television soon.

In the meantime, he was one of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for Team GB during the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games which took place last month. Ogogo was over the moon with the entire British team, but had a couple of names to single out for extra praise.

"For me, Pat McCormack stood out, he’s a cracking boxer," explained Ogogo. "But especially, for me, big Frazer Clarke.

"I’ve known 'Fraz' for a long time and he’s admittedly not the most naturally gifted boxer, but he works f—king hard, man.

"I was on the squad with him in 2010 and watched Anthony Joshua come in and take his place, then Joe Joyce come in and take his place, but he stuck at it, and stuck at it, and he finally made the Games.

"He ended up winning the bronze, too, so I’m over the moon for him. Such a top guy."

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