There has been much speculation in recent days that ‘The Gypsy King’ might be at the SSE Arena, Wembley to see AJ defend his IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles. A Joshua win could finally set up that monumental Fury vs Joshua unification match next summer.
On Wednesday Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said Fury would be welcome at the show, and has even mooted the possibility that the big fight could be announced on Saturday in the aftermath of Joshua vs Pulev.
Fury won’t be at boxing this weekend
But Fury responded to the rumours on Wednesday night with a video – short and sweet – claiming he will not be in attendance.
“I will not be attending any boxing this weekend. So for all the rumours going around that I’m gonna be attending some boxing – I will not be.
Don’t expect fireworks, don’t expect any action from ‘The Gypsy King’, because I’ll be grafting, I’ll be working as usual. Always staying fit, and ready.”
Fury of course had been planning for a big fight of his own – a trilogy match with Deontay Wilder on December 19. That though was scuppered by a mix of COVID-19 and a slew of major American Football championship games that day.
Now the Morecambe superstar (30-0-1) is hoping to return to the ring in 2021. At this stage it is not clear whether he will go straight into that big clash with Joshua, or take in an interim fight. He had hoped to replace the Wilder match in December with a UK homecoming at the Royal Albert Hall. But that plan too bit the dust.
It was announced back on June 10 that Fury and Joshua had agreed in principle the financial structure for a two-fight deal. They will split revenues 50-50 from the first fight, with the winner taking a 60-40 share from the rematch.