Is Tyson Fury Confident About A Potential Fight With Anthony Joshua Actually Happening?
Recently, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury agreed in principle to face one another twice starting in 2021. Due to current obligations and the politics of boxing, however, Fury has doubts as to if an undisputed heavyweight title fight can happen.
Speaking with IFL TV, Fury (30-0-1) discussed why he felt a bout between himself and WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion in Joshua (23-1) is not 100% a guarantee. Joshua is currently set to face off against Kubrat Pulev sometime this year. Waiting for him after is Oleksandr Usyk. Fury, on the other hand, is supposed to face off against Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout.
Keeping a busy schedule is not convincing Fury that the odds are in their favor.
“If it’s supposed to happen… I’m not convinced it is,” Fury stated, via Yahoo Sports. “I never have been convinced. Never, never, never have I ever been convinced that I will fight Anthony Joshua. How can I be convinced? If he’s got to fight Pulev and if he’s got to fight Usyk, how can I be convinced he’s going to get through those fights without losing?
“How can I even be confident I’m going to smash Wilder? Wilder can absolutely blitz me in round one with one big right hand, good night Vienna. That would put a hell of a wedge in the door. This is why I hate talking about fights that don’t really exist yet.”
The proposed trilogy fight with Fury and Wilder is sometime in November or December. Fury must also deal with Dillian Whyte, the interim WBC Heavyweight Champion. With a deadline to book a fight by February 2021, it was confirmed by the WBC Whyte would get a shot at Fury or Wilder before Joshua.
Both must survive wars in and out of the ring. With money playing a factor, it is unknown how long it would take for deals to get done for fights. If they can do all of that, perhaps there is hope for a bout after all.
“I have to tell the truth because that’s what I’m known to do. Can I honestly say this fight is going to happen, a million percent, me and Joshua? I can’t,” Fury went on to say.
“But providing we both get through our upcoming fights, then I know it’s going to happen.”