Froch: Boxing needs Joshua-Fury showdown

Former world champion Carl Froch is hopeful that a heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will go ahead in 2017.

Current IBF champion Joshua will face Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, with the Ukranian making a return to the ring after surprisingly losing his titles on points to Fury in November 2015.

Fury then had to relinquish the IBO, IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight belts for failing to make a mandatory defence against Czar Glazkov and has since been sidelined by personal issues after two rematches with Klitschko fell through.

Joshua, meanwhile, has gone from strength-to-strength after beating Charles Martin to grab the IBF title and then making two impressive defences against Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina.

Fury has been tipped to make a return to the ring in April, leading Froch to question who would win in a battle of the two British stars.

He told Sky Sports: "I think Joshua is going to beat Wladimir Klitschko but it is going to be harder than I originally thought, and when he does he'll have done what Fury did.

"That just leaves one question: which one of them is the best. Fury is unbeaten, Joshua is unbeaten, it's just a natural fight we will all want to see.

"We need Fury back first and foremost because he is a great addition to the boxing world and you just never know what you are going to get from him.

"When he beat Klitschko we were all amazed and you wouldn't right him off against Joshua either. Let's hope it's not just a dream fight this year because we all want to see it."