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Boxing: Nelson’s Column – Johnny Nelson on the ‘exciting’ and ‘frustrating’ shape of the heavyweight division.

Our resident boxing expert Johnny Nelson gives his thoughts on the shape on the blue-riband division as Joe Joyce enters the fray and Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua talks get set to come to a head..

The heavyweight division is so exciting right now, and there are some huge fights to be made – especially this side of the Atlantic!

The first question people ask me is what is happening with Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua... is that fight going to happen?

Frustratingly, we STILL don’t know what the situation is with them. We know they are resuming talks this week, but I am also hearing there are more demands being thrown in from the Fury camp.

Those demands are making the AJ camp think that Tyson is trying to price himself out of the fight, and what a shame that would be.

Listen, that is what I am hearing, and I am not sure how true that is – only time will tell.

As I have just said, if we don’t get this fight then it would be a huge shame because this is by far the closest we have been to seeing this fight happen, and the most realistic chance of it getting sealed is right now.

We are just going to have to wait and see on that one, but as a whole, the division is lit right now! There are huge fights to be made, especially with Joe Joyce right bang in contention now too.

Let’s not forget, Deontay Wilder is back in the mix again, and if he overcomes Robert Helenius on his return in a couple of weeks’ time, then there are suggestions he may look towards Usyk too.

Listen, he doesn’t have anywhere near the skillset of Usyk, but what Deontay does have, as we all know, is that huge punch-power which we have seen save him when he has looked to be in trouble in numerous fights in the past.

Usyk undoubtedly has the skill, he has the movement and he is a fighter with a southpaw style, which makes it difficult for his opponents.

It is a fight that could be made, and one that I would be keen to see, but Joyce is the mandatory for Usyk’s WBO strap now, so there will be a big push from his side for that fight to happen.

But who knows, Wilder may return and go on to become a two-time champion of the world.

The issue for him would be that for as long as Fury is knocking around, he will know that, regardless of the titles, he isn’t the best in the world because of what happened in their trilogy.

You get the sense that things are going to come to a head in the heavyweight division over the next 12 to 18 months, which makes this all so exciting.

Look, for the first time in god knows how long, we could have potentially one champion – potentially!

If we don’t, then regardless of who is ‘officially’ holding all the titles we are all going to have our own opinions on who the best actually is.

The heavyweights out there right now are bangers! They are not boring, they are colourful, exciting, so again, it is a really good story to be following, and I am intrigued to see how this all plays out.

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