Fury vs. Joshua
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Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua Fight
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are now heading for the biggest fight in British boxing history and are set to meet in June 2021. They have ‘agreed in principle’ to financial terms for two fights, and contracts are expected to be signed in February 2021. Lineal champion Fury holds the WBC heavyweight title and Joshua is the IBF, WBA and WBO king.
Fury vs Joshua will smash all domestic box-office records. It will be front-page news in Great Britain for months beforehand. It should also give us the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis back in 1999.
This superfight is now expected to take place outside the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and very likely in the Middle East. Both men are expected to earn purses of around $100million each – comfortably the biggest ever for British fighters.
All we are awaiting now is confirmation that those contracts have been signed, a venue has been agreed and the TV broadcast details have been ironed out. It is expected that Sky Sports and BT Sport will share the rights in the UK, while ESPN and DAZN may do likewise in the United States. Elsewhere in the world DAZN, now live in more than territories, is expected to be a serious player in hoovering up the rights.
Tyson Fury, now at the age of 32, is the outspoken larger-than-life ‘Gypsy King’ from northern England who stunned Wladimir Klitschko to become world champion in 2015 before depression and massive weight gain almost wrecked his career. His road to redemption has been an incredible story – crowned by a devastating destruction of the hitherto unbeaten ‘Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder as Fury won back the world heavyweight title in February 2020.
The Morecambe behemoth (now 30-0-1 as a pro) has come a long way since his premature birth weighing just one pound. His father John Fury named him after former heavyweight king Mike Tyson. Nowadays a Fury fight is special stuff – and not just for fight night itself. The man brings pure theatre to any press conference he takes over.
Joshua (24-1), at the age of 31, meanwhile is the powerful superstar from Watford who ruled at amateur level to claim super-heavyweight gold at the 2012 Olympics in his home city. Then he blasted his way through the professional ranks.
Just like Fury, AJ enjoyed a career-defining night against Wladimir Klitschko. He defeated the valiant Ukrainian great in an epic Wembley showdown in April 2017. Joshua suffered a shock first pro defeat by late stand-in Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden in New York in June 2019, but quickly avenged that seventh-round TKO loss by regaining his belts with a comprehensive points victory in Saudi Arabia in December 2019. More recently he knocked out Kubrat Pulev in nine rounds last December to retain his titles.
Now the scene appears to be set for Fury and Joshua to finally meet inside the ring if the biggest fight in British boxing history can be made. It is not just the fighters inside the ring who make this dream match such a tantalising prospect. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, Fury’s father John and half-brother Tommy (of Love Island fame) provide a colourful supporting cast.
Furyjoshua.com will bring you all the latest Fury vs Joshua news, views and colour around the dream fight in the coming weeks and months – charting every step of the route to an intoxicating fight night in front of a huge crowd both in the stadium and on TV.