Anthony Joshua discusses Tyson Fury fight

When is Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight and where will it take place?

The British heavyweights will meet for the first of two fights this summer

Jack Rathborn@JackRathborn
Monday 26 April 2021 07:05
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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are set to finally fight this year after what seems like a lifetime of circling each other in boxing’s heavyweight division.

A two-fight deal between Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, and Fury, the WBC champion, has already been agreed but there remains a number of key elements that still must be decided.

Joshua last fought on December when he successfully defended his titles against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev while Fury has been out of action ever since sensationally knocking out Deontay Wilder in their heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas in February 2020.

Both fighters have taken to social media to talk up the clash as the pair try to close in on a venue for the first of their blockbuster heavyweight showdowns this summer.

Here’s everything you need to know:

When is the fight?

We still don’t know but Eddie Hearn expects the fight to take place after Euro 2020, which finishes on 11 July.

He has hinted at 24 July, should the fight take place at Wembley Stadium in London. But...

Where will the fight be?

We again still don’t know but Hearn’s preference is for the initial fight to take place in Saudi Arabia, where Joshua regained his three major crowns by outpointing Andy Ruiz in their December 2019 rematch.

He has divulged there were other offers on the table from the Middle East and added: “The whole world will stop to watch this fight and whatever country lands it has had a tremendous, tremendous result.

“I believe we’re super close now to getting this done.”

Hearn revealed in April that a venue for the fight had finally been “approved” with only small details left to iron out.

What belts are on the line?

All of them, basically.

Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight title are on the line with Fury’s WBC strap also up for grabs.

The winner, should there be one, will become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

What is the latest?

Fury posted a short video on Twitter recently in which he revealed there were “some big, big offers on the table”, with “interest from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Russia, America, England”.

He added he would look at the proposals at the weekend before calling his rival a “big useless dosser”.

Joshua then tweeted that his management company and promoters had received “the first OFFICIAL offer” to stage their fight.

Hearn added in April: “It’s as done as it can be. It’s non-stop at the moment, but it’s happening, it’s 100 per cent happening.”

So, there’s still no official announcement then?

No. However, the noises coming from both camps - Joshua’s promoter Hearn has said “we are on the verge” of getting the fight across the line - are distinctly more upbeat than a few weeks ago.

Fury’s father John cast doubt on arguably the biggest fight in world boxing right now going ahead in the next few months, suggesting the coronavirus pandemic made a bout unfeasible.

“I just don’t think the timing is right for a fight of that magnitude with the state of the world at the minute,” he said.

How soon could an announcement come?

Both fighters have started training but nothing sharpens minds like an official announcement, which could come in the next couple of weeks or even sooner.

There is still a chance everything fizzles out, with Deontay Wilder waiting in the wings to complete his trilogy against Fury, having lost to the Briton last February, while WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk is on Joshua’s radar.

“We can’t do any more than we’re doing - no one’s been at fault, we’ve done everything we can and we’re in a really good place,” Hearn said. “I’m not saying any more other than cross your fingers.”

Who is going to win?

Anthony Joshua: 11/8

Draw: 22/1

Tyson Fury: 4/7

Joshua points or decision: 11/2

Fury points of decision: 15/8

Joshua KO/TKO: 5/2

Fury KO/TKO: 9/4

All odds via Betfair

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