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Lewis: Fury would beat Joshua

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Lennox Lewis believes Tyson Fury would beat Anthony Joshua if the British heavyweight pair were to fight.

But Lewis, the former WBA, WBC and IBF world heavyweight champion, believes Joshua is closing the gap on Fury, claiming the fact both fighters are British will benefit Joshua as he will not have to travel to the United States to fight the big names in the division.

Before any potential bout between the pair Joshua has to overcome Joseph Parker, the mandatory challenger for his IBF strap, while Fury is set to face Wladimir Klitschko for a second time.

"Right now the No 1 is Tyson Fury because he beat the man that beat the man that beat the man," Lewis told the BBC.

"But Anthony Joshua is growing, he's knocking out everyone they put in front of him and he's looking good.

"He's definitely got a shining light for the future. I had to go away to America where Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson were at but everybody is in [Joshua's] back yard. All he has to do is look around the corner.

"I would think Tyson Fury would win at the moment but Anthony Joshua is not far away from him.

"It is very close. Maybe Anthony Joshua needs a few more fights before making that step but he's definitely not that far away."

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