The much-anticipated showdown between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1) and unified champ Anthony Joshua ( 24-1) is expected to go down this year. As per multiple sources and the promoters themselves, the fight is coming together as expected. Recently, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren revealed the only issue that’s keeping the fight from happening.
AJ vs. Fury is a monumental fight. The event is expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue. It will also crown the undisputed heavyweight champion of this era. The match has been in talks ever since Fury defeated Deontay Wilder (42-1-1) in February of last year. Talks only got serious after Wilder’s rematch clause with Fury expired.
At this moment, both parties are exchanging contracts and are trying to eliminate the last few obstacles. Per Frank Warren, the fight is almost a done deal.
The Major Hurdle in front of Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury
There’s one major problem plaguing the bout – The COVID-19 Pandemic. The world has almost shut down since the pandemic, with very few countries allowing crowds into the arenas. Realistically, a fight of this magnitude in an empty stadium or even 50% capacity makes no sense. It will be a huge loss in revenue.
“The fight is very close to being done now,” Frank Warren told ESPN. “It’s all COVID-19 related, but I think it will go on some time in June, latest July. It’s going to be a two-fight deal, and it depends what happens in the first fight and agreement of all parties as to where and what happens after that.”
Although a recent announcement made by the UK government said that up to 25% capacity or 10,000 fans could be allowed into arenas for sporting events in May, Warren seemed unoptimistic about it. He said Las Vegas or Saudi Arabia could end up hosting the fight.
“But I still don’t think it will happen in the UK, it will go where the most money will be made. It’s a big fight and they need to make the most money from it because the loser could be finished.”
Fury and Joshua are coming off impressive wins in their last fights. Although a loss should not “finish” their career, it will take a lot of steam off them. The loser will have a chance to redeem himself in the rematch.