Fighting Words: Tyson Fury Speaks On Anthony Joshua’s Value To Matchroom Boxing
One fighter does not make a promotion, but there are times when they can help generate a percentage of an entity’s revenue. That is the case with Anthony Joshua and Matchroom Boxing, according to Tyson Fury.
The WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion in Fury recently spoke about what would happen if he were to take out the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO Heavyweight Champion in Joshua. Recently, the two agreed in principle to face off against one another twice starting in 2021. With Fury at Top Rank and Joshua at Matchroom, there is sure to be a territorial war on our hands.
When it comes to Joshua’s value within Matchroom, Fury believes Joshua losing would create a domino effect that could negatively affect Matchroom’s business.
“The fact is, if you take Anthony Joshua out of Matchroom, then they don’t really have a great deal of anything,” Fury stated, via Boxing Scene. “I know they have some other fighters but the cash cow for them, on the pay-per-views, is Joshua and if you take him away there is not much left.
“They have some champions, good guys and prospects but not PPV stars. If he gets beat – which they know he will – then it almost puts an end to their big-time promoting.”
Several other stars on Matchroom’s roster include interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte, Katie Taylor, and Demetrius Andrade. Fury has been known to call out Joshua and Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn in the past. It looks like he is now working overtime to stir the pot.
Before a fight between the two can take place, they must get past their mandatory challengers. Fury is scheduled to face off in a trilogy bout against Deontay Wilder. The bout is scheduled for sometime in November or December. There is a chance he must also fight through Whyte, who is hoping the WBC can create a bout before the February 2021 deadline.
Joshua, who is healing from a knee injury, is set to face Kubrat Pulev. The bout between the mandatory IBF challenger and Joshua was supposed to take place in June but was postponed. There are rumors it could take place in November, as long as a crowd is available.
As of this moment, a location or date has not been revealed for this potential undisputed heavyweight title fight.