Anthony Joshua doesn’t believe Tyson Fury can sell out a large stadium such as Wembley without him.
Joshua and Fury appear to be on a collision course. Many expect them to eventually collide after the two agreed in principle to two bouts. Joshua must first handle business against Kubrat Pulev on December 12. Joshua’s WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles will be on the line. Fury is also looking to compete in early 2021.
Speaking to The Sun, Joshua expressed his belief that Fury can’t draw large crowds without fighting him.
“Tyson Fury is a talented, talented guy and he deserves all the praise he is getting right now but it is interesting when you talk about his popularity. Because if Fury could have sold out 90,000-capacity stadiums, then he would have done. But he never has had the ability to attract those large numbers, not until he fights me. I have had those sorts of crowds against Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.”
Fury is the reigning WBC Heavyweight Champion. He captured the gold back in February with his seventh-round TKO victory over Deontay Wilder in their rematch. Fury’s team had wanted to move on from a trilogy bout with Wilder as they claimed the rematch clause expired. Wilder denied this and has threatened to take legal action if he doesn’t get a third bout with Fury.
Time will tell if Joshua and Fury will share the ring as planned but for now, the boxing world is slowly getting back to having live crowds in attendance with Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz, Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia, Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith, and Joshua vs. Pulev.