Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua is the fight everyone wants to see – but it won’t happen anytime soon.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter and the main man behind the proposed heavyweight showdown, had previously said it was “a done deal” for this summer.
Contracts were signed for the undisputed all-British shock earlier this year and a date and location were even confirmed.
However, Deontay Wilder went on to win his refereeing record for a third bout with Fury and is now set to be the Gypsy King’s next opponent.
Fury vs Joshua: what we know
Fury and Joshua have struck a two-fight deal with the first set to take place in the summer of 2021 and the rematch expected around mid-December or early 2022.
Promoter Hearn had said the first fight would take place on Saturday August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
Just as an official announcement was about to be made in mid-May, news emerged that Wilder had won his legal bid in the United States for a fight trilogy against Fury.
The pair fought back in February 2020, with Fury impressively winning the rematch and winning Wilder’s WBC belt after their first fight ended in a controversial draw.
Fury moved on in pursuit of Joshua after growing tired of the delays in a planned third fight with Wilder, with the British side believing that their contractual obligation to give the American another chance had expired.
This turned out not to be the case as Wilder’s team activated the dispute resolution provision in the contract and a U.S. judge ruled in their favor.
The move meant that Fury v Joshua could only take place on August 14 if Wilder agreed to a withdrawal deal.
Wilder won’t – no matter how much money he’s offered – and an all-British super fight is now over for the time being.
Fury vs Joshua: what’s next?
Fury has now signed his contract to face Wilder for the third time and will step into the ring on Saturday, October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
An original date of Saturday, July 24 had to be removed after Fury tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, AJ – the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO champion – is expected to face Oleksandr Usyk next.
‘The Cat’ is a dangerous opponent, having played in the heavyweight division after becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion.
Their clash will take place on Saturday, September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
If Fury and Joshua win their successful fights this fall, talks will resume on an undisputed showdown in 2022.
Fury vs Joshua: What was said?
Joshua called Fury a “fraud” on social media and accused him of giving up boxing after their fight collapsed.
“Tyson Fury, the world now sees you for the fraud that you are,” Joshua posted. “You gave up boxing! You lied to the fans and led them. I used my name to have influence, not a fight.
“Bring me any championship fighter who can run his business well.”
This elicited a response from Fury, who hit back: “Anthony Joshua your [sic] more shit than Eddie, spouting absolute shit!
“Your entire team knew that there was an arbitration in progress, it was not in my hands!
“But I’m telling you and if I’m an impostor, let’s fight this weekend with our bare hands until a man resigns?” Let’s set up 20 miles each !!! ”
Joshua responded by calling Fury a “wasted man” and swearing “I’ll slap your bald head.”
He wrote: “If there was an arbitration going on, why tell the world that we are fighting! The fight was signed! UNDISPUTED.
“Bare fists? You’re a good boy, don’t play with me Luke! I’ll slap your bald head and you won’t do anything! Garbage man.”
Fury fired back, insisting he would deal with Wilder again before injuring his British rival.
He wrote: “Don’t go into details online! You are going to slap me, please come and try Bum, I’m waiting… Femi AKA Bottlejob! 24/7 365.
“Ready. I’ll smoke more wildly first, then you get yours too.”
Joshua then had the final say, sharing a video of Fury’s reaction to a ringside incident during Billy Joe Saunders’ recent fight.
Saunders’ father was roughed up by security, sparking a furious feud, as Fury watched and chose not to get involved.
Joshua wrote: “You are not about this barehanded life. A barrier was holding you back, not even a bouncer.