Even with the coronavirus pandemic, the boxing world is making it known that they would like to see Anthony Joshua v. Tyson Fury in an undisputed heavyweight title bout. The former would also like to see it. Joshua is now attempting to get Fury invested.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Joshua (23-1) stated the time is now for him to fight Fury (30-0-1). Instead of waiting for boxing politics to get in the way, he is attacking this head on. The first chess piece has been moved, and it is now Fury’s turn.
“Yes, come fight me,” Joshua stated. “If you really want to say you’re No 1, come fight me. Let’s get it on. I’ve got the rest of the belts so it only makes sense.
“I’m the unified heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the WBC champion. What it will prove, me and him fighting? There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed. Logically to prove yourself as No 1, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua.”
Fury ended up beating Deontay Wilder in the highly-anticipated rematch in February via TKO to win the WBC Heavyweight Title. Wilder was knocked down twice and displayed little to no offense against Fury. His corner then called for the fight to be over. Wilder has since exercised his rematch clause. Initially set for July, the trilogy bout was moved to October as a precaution.
Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion, is currently set to face Kubrat Pulev. The bout is also in jeopardy due to the coronavirus. Joshua agrees with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn that those fights should be put aside in oder for the ultimate dream match to take place.
“It would be amazing to tell Pulev ‘I think it’s best if you step aside for now’ and to tell Wilder ‘we have bigger fish to fry’. That fight needs to happen because there will never be another time like this again,” Joshua said.
Will we get to see Joshua v. Fury right away?