Should Anthony Joshua fear Tyson Fury ahead of their planned heavyweight unification superfight?

Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) and Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) look set to collide in a huge heavyweight clash in 2021, if they get past Kubrat Pulev and Deontay Wilder, respectively.

But if the agreed fight, which could unify the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and WBC titles and provide one undisputed heavyweight king, does indeed take place next year, who has the mental edge?

Joshua recently claimed in an interview that Fury does not intimidate him, that he's "just another heavyweight" and he wouldn't be the biggest name on Joshua's resume when all is said and done.

Todd Grisham and former WBC light-middleweight champion Sergio Mora analyzed those quotes in the latest episode of DAZN's "Jabs" and agreed that there's nothing for 'AJ' to fear - though the outcome of their intended showdown is far more difficult to call.

"There’s nothing to fear but Fury himself," quipped Mora, who was an immediate fan of his play on words. "I like that one!"

Mora continued: "Why should he be fearful? Because Fury is taller? Because he has a good chin?

"No, Joshua’s already been through the fire, he’s been through the embarrassment. He got stopped on a big show at MSG, came back and regained the titles.

"He’s a two-time champion and he became champion way before Fury did. He’s got all of that going for him. He’s been through the fire. Fear doesn’t exist."

Grisham concurred and noted that a 'fear factor' is something that only entered the conversation after Fury's emphatic win over Wilder in their second fight.

He said: "Why are people suddenly thinking Tyson Fury’s this animal, this killer now? Because of what he did in one fight? Before that, he was like a feather duster. He hit like a pillow!

"When he fought Dereck Chisora, the fight was so boring that thousands of fans left early and were booing him. When he beat Wladimir Klitschko, it was probably one of the most boring heavyweight title fights in the history of the world.

"He’s not Max Schmeling; he had one good knockout performance against Wilder. There is nothing for Joshua to fear here, except perhaps losing.

Mora then explained that he could at least understand why certain Fury results have enhanced his reputation.

"When you beat The Man, you become The Man - and Wilder was the biggest puncher in boxing," said Mora, taking inspiration from wrestling legend 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair in a week where Fury has continued to call out current WWE World champion, Drew McIntyre.

"Fury outboxed him and then he outbanged him. Klitschko was another huge puncher and we saw what Fury did to him.

"So that’s why Tyson Fury is ‘feared’, and it’s why he’s the number one heavyweight. He can do that to the violent punchers. If you can extinguish these power punchers, that makes you The Man."

Watch the full "Jabs" video above or on DAZN's YouTube channel.

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