WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was reported close to getting a deal for a fight with British rival and Unified four belt champion Anthony Joshua before the court of Arbitration ruled Deontay Wilder trilogy fight next for him.
However the “Gypsy King” recently admitted, he wasn’t optimistic about the fighting Joshua when a deal was brought to him for the fight. The fight would have had the belts at stake for some date in August, location Saudi Arabia.
Fury was forced to honour a rematch clause on his fight with Wilder, making all efforts to get the undisputed fight with Joshua unfruitful. However, Fury believes that even with the contract before him, the fight will most likely not materialise.
“I have never been optimistic about this fight happening, even when the fight was agreed initially and we were set to go at it in Saudi Arabia,” Fury told The Overlap.
“But I still wasn’t optimistic about it, and guess what it never happened, but I do feel this fight will happen eventually. I do think sooner or later it will happen, even if we have to go completely AWOL and bin all the belts to make the fight happen between us for whatever reason. I’m willing to do that, I’m not sure about him.”
Fury will now face Wilder a third time on October 9th while Joshua is to make a mandatory defence against WBO No.1 contender and former Undisputed Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on the 25th of September.
Joshua in an interview claimed he could drop world titles in order to make the fight with Fury happen. That I feel is highly unlikely.
“Without the belts? I rate that. That’s what I’m talking about. We’ll fight, 100 percent, let’s do it,” Joshua said to Sky Sports. I’ll smoke that guy, I will, it’s annoying.
“He’s been doing it for years, however, I just know on my end, and my management team and my promoter – we done everything we can to make this happen and as long as I’m champion, I’ll compete with anyone. I’ve got a tough challenger coming up now; a great fighter.”