Former world champion Carl Froch believes that current world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury can only cement his legacy if he secures wins against Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.

The WBC champion has not fought since his 10th-round TKO of Derick Chisora in December 2022.

Fury was in line to fight Usyk in April but that fight fell through in March, after the pair was unable to agree terms.

The 34-year-old then claimed to send a draft contract to Joshua in May for a fight in September but promoter Frank Warren has since confirmed that that fight will not be happing next for Fury.

For Froch, though, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame earlier in June, Fury must fight both Joshua and Usyk before he retires, if he wants to earn his place as the best fighter in modern heavyweight boxing.

“I can’t give him a massive legacy,” Froch said.

“He’s fought Deontay Wilder three times, and he nearly got done in the first one, which was a draw. He nearly got done again in the third, and it was three great fights against a guy who is not a massive heavyweight. He’s a massive puncher but because he’s not that big and heavy, Tyson Fury can keep him out of the way, lean on him and just control the fight, so it’s quite easy for Fury to do what he does because he’s so big.

“If he fights Usyk and he fights Joshua and makes mincemeat of them, then he’ll be the best of a generation.”

Joshua appears to be edging closer to a summer rematch with long-time rival Dillion Whyte while Usyk is set to take on Daniel Dubois in August, after Usyk’s team won a purse big enough to hold the fight in Poland against the 19-1 Brit, who is the WBA mandatory challenger.

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