As of this moment, the stars are aligning for Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to face off against one another in 2021. This comes after the two agreed in principle to fight. With upcoming matchups coming into play for both fighters, will there be an issue?
Currently, Fury is scheduled to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout. If Fury can get past Deontay in December, he must face the winner of interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte v. Alexander Povetkin. That will be taking place this weekend in Essex, London, and the WBC has ordered Whyte, if still interim champion, to face the winner of Wilder-Fury.
If Fury were to win again against Wilder and take out Whyte, he would then be clear to face the winner of Joshua v. Kubrat Pulev. What if Fury does not want to face Whyte? Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn spoke to Sky Sports about that potential option, not giving Fury much of a choice.
“Looking at the bigger undisputed picture, all Joshua wants is the WBC title,” Hearn stated. “He was never worried if it came against Wilder or Fury. Whoever! “Whoever owns that belt is who Joshua will face for the undisputed championship.
“We know the winner of Saturday’s fight will be ordered to face the winner of Fury vs Wilder. If Fury does not want to fight Whyte, then Whyte will be elevated to champion from interim champion. Now I do not like that. But what will happen? Joshua will fight Whyte straight away for the undisputed championship.”
Whyte has been the WBC contender since 2017. There have been rumors of him getting promoted to undisputed WBC Heavyweight Champion while Fury gets the “franchise” tag. Whyte’s team would not be fans of that, considering the planning that has been taking place. Fury would be stripped of his title, however, if he does not play ball with the WBC.
Always the competitor, Whyte will have an interesting few days. If Joshua was to attend the event on August 22, Whyte stated he would challenge him right there and then. He must also deal with sharing a space with Povetkin.
“There’s a lot to overcome this week, let alone Saturday,” Hearn went on to say. “Whyte is not your average individual. He has built a mind-set over the last three months in training camp, although he has had it for most of his life, that he’s ready to flick the switch and go to war with Povetkin…He is that guy who can attack on sight. As strange as that might sound to people, that’s Whyte.”
If Whyte were to end up victorious, all eyes will be on Fury.