Would Anthony Joshua Vacate Titles To Fight Tyson Fury?
Is Anthony Joshua willing to part ways with his gold to fight Tyson Fury?
Joshua is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion. Fury holds the WBC Heavyweight Title. While fans have been clamoring for a title unification bout between the two, there is a roadblock when it comes to boxing organizations. Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory WBO Title challenger. If he gets past Derek Chisora and Joshua defeats Kubrat Pulev, then the WBO plans on enforcing that matchup.
Fury has suggested to Joshua to vacate any title he has to in order for their fight to become a reality. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn told Boxing Social that while relinquishing any title isn’t ideal for Joshua, he believes “AJ” would do it if he has to (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“There’s been a lot of talk about ‘give up the belt,’ but the aim for Anthony Joshua is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion. Will a belt get in the way of him fighting Tyson Fury next? Probably not. Will he vacate a belt and fight Tyson Fury next? Yes, I believe he would if he had to, but would he rather maintain all the belts? One million percent.
“I know Tyson Fury has said, ‘I already had all the belts.’ I know, but you’ve never been undisputed. I hope that means something to people because it means a lot to Anthony Joshua if we get to a position where AJ is fighting Fury regardless of whether the WBO allows their title to be on the line.”
Joshua is expecting to put all of his gold on the line against Pulev on December 12. As for Fury, he’s likely to meet Deontay Wilder a third time on December 19. The title fight is expected to be held inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.