Every boxer knows the importance of the jab, although it is not necessarily the punch that will reach the highlight reel or cause a knockout, as it works as the catalyst for combinations as well as being used to keep opponents at a distance and rack up points.
Tyson Fury’s jab is a huge part of his game, and it was the definitive reason he became a world champion back in 2015 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko. With his 6ft 9 stature and 82-inch reach, we have seen him use his jab as a basis to box around his opponents and win the rounds by not allowing fighters to close the distance and get on the inside.
The "Gypsy King" has done this to opponents on numerous occasions, using his unorthodox, flicking jab alongside his jerky faints to keep opponents guessing and dance around them without the risk of engaging in a 'phone box' fight.
In contrast, Anthony Joshua snaps his jab with speed and power in order to start combinations. We saw how much his jab has improved in his most recent fight against Kubrat Pulev, a much shorter fighter who attempted to close the distance but struggled to get on the inside due to his jab. Joshua also used the jab effectively against another shorter opponent in the form of Andy Ruiz, where the Brit delivered a maserclass in boxing perfection, winning the rounds without getting drawn into a similar brawl that saw him defeated in round seven of their first fight.
Joshua is also an Olympic gold medalist, where, in the amateur ranks, fights are won on points more than knockouts, and where it's all about landing as many punches as you can, forcing an emphasis on the jab. If "AJ" can bring this back and show the skills proven in the Ruiz rematch, no doubt he can find a home with his jab against Fury. It's just whether or not Fury can utilise his superior jab too.