Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury happening in 2021
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury aim to fight twice in 2021, although there are yet hoops to jump through.
Anthony Joshua (AJ) and Tyson Fury are scheduled for two fights in what will undoubtedly be one of the greatest bouts in 2021. The fight will decide which British champion will be the first heavyweight to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, a title which no man has laid claim too since England’s Lennox Lewis over 20 years ago.
Eddie Hearn, AJ’s promoter, thinks that this fight is going to be one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.
“It’s the biggest fight ever in British boxing. It doesn’t get bigger, and there will never be a bigger fight in our generation,” said Hearn. “Two guys, very different, who fight differently, have experienced different things, and have come back from adversity.”
There are still several events that have to take place between now and the potential matchup, which could drastically changed future plans. Firstly, Fury has to beat Deontay Wilder in the 3rd fight of their trilogy. Speculators seem confident in Fury’s ability to do so after Fury handily beat Wilder in February.
AJ faces a pair of spanners. Before allowing AJ to fight a championship bout against Fury, he has to face Kubrat Pulev, the IBF mandatory challenger. In addition to this, another fighter has also expressed interest in going against AJ.
Oleksander Usyk, who is the WBO mandatory challenger, is looking to take on AJ. According to Usyk’s promoter, he was supposed to get his shot at the title before Pulev.
“Usyk’s WBO mandatory had to happen before AJ vs. Pulev,” his promoter Alexander Krassyuk, who works alongside Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports. “But this was made with regards that the WBO champ, which means that either Joshua fights Usyk first or fights Fury without the WBO belt.”
In short, in order for the dream matchup between AJ and Fury, Fury has to beat Wilder and AJ has to face Pulev and Usyk. There is also talk of Tyson Fury possibly having a mandatory defense against Dillian Whyte before the AJ fight.
Although Fury has proved himself in fights against Eilder in the past, Usyk and Pulev are both excellent fighters, and only time will tell whether AJ will prevail against both.
This possible series of super fights hinges upon a lot for it to occur. With the number of factors involved with both fighters, it is possible that this dream matchup will remain a dream. Still, If everything goes according to plan, this will be a fight to remember.