What Are The Odds Of A Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua Fight Getting Signed?
Negotiating deals in boxing and how long they take can vary on the performer, the promotion, and the factors surrounding the situation. Sometimes, they can last a few months while others a few weeks. Top Rank’s Bob Arum and Queensbury Promotions’ Frank Warren believe terms over a Tyson Fury v. Anthony Joshua bout wouldn’t take that long to agree upon.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Aruma and Warren talked about meeting for a fight to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion. All of this depends on if both Fury and Joshua can beat their respective opponents.
After beating Deontay Wilder in a rematch back in February, Fury (30-0-1) became the WBC Heavyweight Champion. Wilder exercised his rematch clause and the two are scheduled to compete in either November or December. Factors involved that can affect the bout is Wilder following biceps surgery and the coronavirus. Joshua (23-1) must get past Kubrat Pulev, who he was supposed to face in June. There is no set location yet for a bout between the two, but a small venue with fans is a possibility.
Arum believes it would take less than 24 hours to get a deal done if both were to win.
“If Fury beats Wilder and if Joshua beats Pulev, which I don’t want because [I promote] Pulev, then we would go ahead and do Fury vs Joshua next year,” Arum stated. “I don’t think the negotiations would be fraught with difficulty. We could negotiate the deal, if we met in person, over the course of one day.
“We are not known for playing games. We understand Eddie. I worked for many years with his father Barry. My prediction would be: we get a deal done over the course of one day.”
There was an idea in place for Fury and Joshua to move past Wilder and Pulev and fight one another. With Saudi Arabia as an option, Joshua seemed ready to take on Fury. Besides several factors getting in the way, Fury has stated he wants to end Wilder once and for all. Their series is at 1-0-1.
A two-fight deal is currently being discussed with the two. Warren, who doesn’t think a trilogy bout with Wilder and Fury will happen in 2020, believes negotiations shouldn’t be that hard. He agrees with Arum but has the idea that their side, the Fury side, is ready to get something going right way and not Matchroom.
“I don’t think Matchroom want the fight… There will have to be a rematch. But that’s not an obstacle. There are no obstacles to stopping this fight happening,” Warren stated.
“Our door is open. We’ve all signed a non-disclosure agreement. We’re waiting for an offer. At our end, it is not a problem.”
How do you see negotiations going for a Fury v. Joshua clash?