There has been much talk of a bout between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua over the past few years with a boxing match between the two top Brits yet to take place, despite rumours the deal is 99% done.
Back in December, Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn even suggested a deal could be in place before the turn of the year, but nothing was announced, although it has been confirmed they will have a two-fight deal in place, which sent fight fans into hysterics.
Then Tyson Fury’s Stateside promoter, Bob Arum, told iFL TV that “all the points” had been agreed, even stating the venue and location was set in stone, hinting it would be suitable for both UK and US audiences.
However, the pandemic and logistics have got in the way of sorting things out. When boxing did return in 2020, it was in front of empty arenas. AJ was fortunate enough to have 1,000 ans in the crowd fir his last fight in December against Pulev.
In an ideal world, Fury and Joshua would go head-to-head in front a capacity crowd at a stadium in either the United Kingdom or Asia. That is unlikely to happen in the coming months.
Betting sites have already got their odds up on the heavyweight champions, which 'The Gypsy King' is currently averaging at 4/7, with AJ 7/4, and a draw at 22-1.
The 32-year-old WBC champion has a 30-0-1 record with that one draw being controversial against Deontay Wilder in December 2018. Even the biased judges couldn’t vote against Fury in the rematch as he simply knocked out the American in the seventh round, earning the victory he deserved in the first meeting.
That bout was more than 12 months ago and was the last time Tyson Fury stepped into a boxing ring.
Prior to that, his career hadn’t contained many notorious boxers – arguably his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 was what took him to the top of the ranks and put his name on people’s lips.
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist has had a fine professional boxing career of his own with a 22-1-0 record to-date with that sole defeat coming by way of a shock versus Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden in June 2019.
Anthony Joshua comfortably won the rematch. He last fought Kubrat Pulev in December 2020 with a knockout victory in round nine.
The reigning WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion will have a lot less ring rust on him as a result and many would put the odds in his favour should a match go ahead this summer.
The sportsbooks are actually take bets on this bout before it’s officially been announced and Tyson Fury has been made the 8/15 favourite despite the ring rust. Anyone who thinks Joshua could cause an ‘upset’ may consider looking at a LeoVegas Bonus for even better odds.
It’s just speculation at this stage but the earliest date that has been thrown around has been late May. June and July have also been mentioned, suggesting there’s a very good chance this bout will go ahead at some point over the summer.
Both parties will be interested in a contest between the two with the potential money at stake. It’s just a case of both fighters wanting to face each other and being able to agree on a deal now.