In the quest to determine an undisputed heavyweight champion, the camps of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have been in contact regarding an immediate clash between the two.
According to ESPN’s Mark Kriegel, both Fury (30-0-1) and Joshua (23-1) have an idea to fight sometime before the end of 2020. While the United Kingdom, the home of both men, is an ideal location for the bout, one of the top landing spots has been Saudi Arabia. An agreement regarding financials is currently being discussed with Matchroom Boxing and MTK Global officials.
“The conversations between myself and MTK are that we’ve had an approach,” Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn stated. “We’ve had a number of approaches from territories to stage that fight. So the only discussions at the moment are where this fight takes place — and we don’t even know when this fight could take place. … We’re certainly open to have discussions about the possibility of this happening this year or in the next fight.”
Hearn is one of several boxing entities that have made a call for an immediate Joshua-Fury bout. Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion, has called out the WBC and lineal champion in Fury for a fight. Both are looking to take advantage of the situation they are in.
One of the main hurdles to get to this fight is the already scheduled bouts between the two. Fury is set to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout following their February rematch that saw Fury win via TKO in the seventh. Booked originally for the summer, the third fight between the two was moved to October 3 before getting delayed again to November or December at the latest. The proposed offer to Fury would be enough to “pay off” Wilder, who is currently healing from biceps surgery.
Wilder’s team commented on the potential bout, with advisor Shelly Finkel dismissing it.
“As far as we’re concerned, the next fight [for Wilder] is the third fight [with Fury],” Finkel stated.
As far as Joshua is concerned, he is currently set to face off against Kubrat Pulev. The original bout, scheduled for June 20, was postponed due to the coronavirus. Matchroom is looking to produce the fight later in the year, preferably with a crowd. Pulev’s camp is hoping the contract for the fight remains intact.
With both British fighters not restricted when it comes to locations outside of the United States, it may be possible for the bout to happen. With the opposition’s camps determined to keep the original fights alive, the heavyweight division is in an interesting spot.
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