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Exclusive: Langford says Fury not credited enough for Klitschko win, hopes Joshua fight happens

Joe Hewlett 06/05/2017

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Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in round eleven in what was a pulsating contest at Wembley Stadium with 90,000 in attendance.

A showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is the fight the public wants to see next according to Tommy Langford.

Speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, the Midlander said:

“Who is next for AJ, is he going to go for Wilder next? A mandatory challenge for the IBF? Or does he have the rematch with Klitschko? There’s a lot of if, buts and maybes but the one everyone wants to see next is Joshua against Fury.

“They are the two best heavyweights in the business and are both British, one painted as the good guy in the media and one pained as the bad guy in the media, everybody wants to see it,” he said.

The ‘Baggies Bomber’ believes this could be the fight that motivates the ‘Gypsy King’ to get back into shape and return to the ring.

“For Fury to have beaten a younger champion in Klitschko shows how impressive that victory really was and it’s a fight that everybody including myself wants to see. Fury didn’t get near the accolades what he deserved but the boxing fraternity appreciated what he done.

“The general public won’t take it under board because it’s been swept under the carpet and has been forgotten by the media. He hasn’t got as much credit as he should have so he’ll want the Joshua fight to prove to the public that he is number one and hopefully that’ll be the motivation that can help him get back into the shape he needs to be in.”

Reflecting back to the weekend, the middleweight admits he thought Joshua was finished in round six after being floored by the Ukrainian.

However, despite looking in trouble, the Londoner triumphantly bounced back to add the WBA ‘super’ and IBO titles to his IBF championship.

The 26-year-old believes it was the fight that was needed in the heavyweight division.

“It was a good fight and was something the heavyweight division needed. It’s what you wanna see in heavyweight boxing, a proper fight which was a good avert for boxing. For the fight to be staged in the UK was great.

“I thought he was done (AJ) in round 6 I didn’t think he’d be able to turn it around. He blew himself out in the fifth round but fair play he done what he had to do to win. I think despite whatever promoter a UK boxer is with, we were all hoping he would win and are delighted with the outcome as it opens up some huge fights,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95