The Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua heavyweight super-fight appears to have fallen apart, just days after Fury confirmed the bout would take place on August 14.
The fight was supposed to be a done deal, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said as much back in March.
There has now been almost 11 months of meaningful talk about this fight, although the coronavirus pandemic meant that it was never feasible to arrange the contest at a time where paying fans could not be in a stadium to watch it.
However, with crowds starting to return to live events, a resolution to the stalemate did appear to be close.
The fight had a date — August 14 — and a venue — Saudi Arabia — which was reported to be paying a reported site fee of $US155 million ($200 million), with each fighter earning just shy of $97 million before pay-per-view money is included.
Earlier this week, Fury announced via social media that the fight was “100 per cent on” after receiving assurances on the arrangements from Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud.
But then, just one day later, an arbitrator ruled that Fury had to honour his contract with Deontay Wilder by fighting him for a third time before September 15 — kyboshing any hope of that August date with Joshua.
So what is the current situation with the most highly anticipated heavyweight fight in recent years?
Joshua calls Fury a liar and ‘fraud’
Anthony Joshua looks to the right as he stands with a towel around his neck, sweat beading on his forehead.
Anthony Joshua called out Tyson Fury as a liar and a fraud.(Reuters: Andrew Couldridge)
It was inevitable, given both fighters’ tendency to air their grievances online, that the argument over this latest setback would spill onto social media.
“@Tyson_Fury the world now sees you for the fraud you are,” Joshua wrote on twitter.
“You’ve let boxing down! You lied to the fans and led them on.”
Fury, never one to back down from a twitter spat, hit back by saying the arbitration was known about by all of Joshua’s team and that it was out of his hands.
He then issued an empty challenge to Joshua to fight bare knuckle this weekend for a pot of $40 million, something Joshua unsurprisingly knocked back by saying: “I’ll slap your bald head and you’ll do nothing”.
A shirtless Tyson Fury looks to the left with his mouth open and face scrunched up with sweat beading on his head.
Tyson Fury appeared to confirm the fight just a day before being told he had to fight Wilder.(AP: Mark J Terrill)
He then backed up his claim by posting a video of Fury observing a fist fight while ringside at the Canelo Álvarez-Billy Joe Saunders fight last weekend, saying “a barrier held you back, not even a bouncer”.
Fury replied by calling Joshua a “dosser”, a “bum” and a “bottlejob”, but tellingly added that he would “smoke Wilder first then you’ll get yours as well” seemingly confirming that the Wilder fight has to happen and ending talk of unification for the time being.
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Tyson Fury was left “absolutely wounded” by Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua relinquished his heavyweight belts following a unanimous points decision at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, leaving the prospect of his £200million super-fight against Fury in major doubt.
Fury, who fights Deontay Wilder next week, said: “Did I watch the fight? Yes, I did. Was I absolutely wounded that he won? Yes, I was. I was hoping Joshua could win the fight but he couldn’t.”
Joshua is set for a rematch against the new champion in February or March time, with the UK the preferred location for the fight. Victory would inevitably pave the way for the Fury double header.
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But Fury said: “The only thing I’m bothered about is beating Deontay Wilder and that’s the most dangerous heavyweight out there. In my opinion, Wilder beats Joshua, Usyk, all the rest of the division, comfortable but he cannot beat me.”
Of Joshua’s chances of beating Usyk, Fury said: “My advice to Joshua in the rematch is get stuck in the best way he knows how, put his best foot forward and swing away, Jack, swing away.
“But I don’t care about anybody else – they are not on my radar only the Bronze Bomber aka the big dosser. After him, we will talk, the promoters will do their job, and I will always do mine. When I beat Wilder, I’ll be on to the next one.”
DID ANTHONY JOSHUA JUST ADMIT TYSON FURY IS THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT AROUND?
Firstly, the current four-belt world heavyweight champion has some tale to tell about goings-on over the past eighteen months of his career.
From discussions to fight Deontay Wilder for all the top division marbles to an opponent falling out due to failed drug tests for three separate substances. To a shock defeat, a redemption victory, and a subsequent deal to face Tyson Fury – again for every strap on offer – it’s never a dull moment for the Briton.
But reflecting on his recent spell, coupled with a look back to how far he’s come, Joshua is philosophical about his future.
AJ says he’s in a position far exceeding where he thought he would be at 30 years old.
Winning the 2012 Olympics just a few years after taking up the sport, Joshua still believes he’s way ahead of the game.
On how a loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York, the first of his career had affected him, Joshua surprisingly holds no regrets.
“There were certain things I was talking about perhaps two years ahead of that loss, and the defeat just showcased them,” Joshua told GQ Middle East.
“I know people say crazy things like, ‘Oh, we were planning on that loss,’ but it really was a blessing in disguise.
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“It highlighted everything I had been concerned about. After that it was simple: these are the changes I’ve been talking about, now you need to listen.”
Needing to listen was maybe advice he could have given himself before the Ruiz implosion, Joshua is quite content with how his path has panned out.
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The Londoner even says being considered alongside the likes of his rival and two-time lineal champion Fury, means he’s ahead of himself at the moment.
“I changed everything after that first fight,” says Joshua. “Losing to Andy made me rethink and restructure. I took the positives out of it, but it wasn’t easy.
“My training camp was six weeks of pure hell. I had new team members. I had injuries I was trying to overcome. There were so many different issues.
“But we got there in the end through will, determination, and intelligence.
“Being world champion, with all those knockouts, you do feel kind of unstoppable. But realistically, in boxing terms, I’m way ahead of where I should be.
“I’m working at such a quick pace. I shouldn’t even be in a position where I’m mentioned in Tyson Fury’s era. He’s five or six years ahead of me in terms of turning professional.
“In fact, when he was turning pro, I was just putting on my gloves for the first time.”
With Kubrat Pulev, a mandatory challenge from the IBF in his future, Joshua is simply waiting for the date to step up preparations.
The heavyweight clash has already been delayed from June due to the ongoing pandemic.
“I’m OK with (waiting), to be honest,” he says. “It’s saved me weeks of getting punched in the head. That can never be a bad thing.”
Tyson Fury sets out training rules after offering to coach rival Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury has told Anthony Joshua he will need to adopt his old school training methods if he is to accept his rival’s coaching offer.
Fury, who defends his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte on Saturday night, has offered to coach Joshua for his planned rematch against Oleksandr Usyk this summer. Joshua lost his belts when he was outpointed by Usyk last September
For the first time in his professional career, Joshua will change his trainer for a rematch with Usyk. ‘AJ’ has partnered with Angel Fernandez after parting ways with Rob McCracken, who received criticism for Joshua’s approach in his first bout with Usyk.
Fury has now vowed Joshua will have to ditch modern training methods if he wants to partner with him for his next bout. “I’m willing to train him, but he’s got to be willing to learn,” Fury said. “In my world, numbers on a screen on a heart rate monitor are not welcome.
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“You train hard, you put your life and soul into something and you fight until the end. You don’t quit when you get knocked down, you don’t look out of the ring like you don’t want to fight on, you go and throw the kitchen sink when you’re behind in a world title fight.
“You don’t cruise to a points loss because in my world, getting knocked out in round one is better than losing on points and not trying to win.”
Since teaming up with coach SugarHill Steward for his rematch with Deontay Wilder in 2020, Fury’s style has drastically changed as he focuses on knockouts rather than out-boxing his opponents.
Tyson Fury said he would coach Anthony Joshua alongside SugarHill Steward
Tyson Fury said he would coach Anthony Joshua alongside SugarHill Steward ( Image: Top Rank via Getty Images)
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His approach for his fight with Whyte is much the same, as Fury has vowed to knockout his former training partner in what could be the final fight of his career.
Fury thinks that if Joshua could adapt a similar approach to his game, he would “definitely” be able to beat Usyk and become one of the few three-time heavyweight champions in boxing history. “I know that if I trained Joshua – me and SugarHill Steward – he’d definitely beat Oleksandr Usyk,” Fury told BT Sport.
“That’s a fact and I would be open to doing it. I’d be very open to me and SugarHill training him. I’d do it for free, because I don’t need the money. I wouldn’t take his money anyway, we would take on that challenge no problem.”
Poll: Will Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua actually happen in 2021?
We’ve heard all the talk, all the predictions for who will win when the magical fight happens, but here’s a question: will it actually happen?
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have agreed to terms in principle on a two-fight deal that would start in 2021. As of now, it the fight would crown a true, bona fide, undisputed heavyweight champion, the first since Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in 1999, and the first in the era of four belts recognized as legitimate world titles.
But there’s a lot of ground to cover between now and then, too.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) still has to meet Deontay Wilder in a third fight. Though Fury dominated Wilder in their February rematch, Tyson himself will tell you that he cannot take Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) lightly, as no matter what else anyone thinks, Deontay has dynamite in his hands and can knock anyone out if he lands the clean shot.
He may also have to deal with a potential WBC mandatory title defense against Dillian Whyte, but honestly, I’d bet against it; the WBC have been incredibly reluctant to actually give Whyte the fight he’s thought he’s been owed. But it’s not impossible, at least.
Joshua (23-1, 21 KO) has an IBF mandatory against Kubrat Pulev due, and while the IBF aren’t pushing the issue, them not setting a deadline doesn’t mean they’re going to wait forever, or that they can. Pulev would certainly look to push the issue. There’s also the WBO mandatory, which is Oleksandr Usyk, who does not intend to step aside.
While promoter Eddie Hearn is right that getting the financial details sorted is probably the biggest step of all, there’s also just the chance that whatever deal is currently agreed to will fall apart for whatever reason. It would not be the first or 500th time that has happened for a big fight.
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WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has pleaded that rival British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua should fight him instead of having a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua has already invoked a clause that allows him to rematch the current WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion, Usyk.
Fury believes that Usyk will win the rematch against Joshua and that any chance he has to fight AJ will have passed.
Speaking to Boxing Lowdown, Fury urged Joshua not to go straight into the rematch with Usyk.
“I’d prefer him to just let me fight [Usyk],” said Fury, “because if Joshua goes in again and loses, which I think he will, that fight’s dead in the water for me.
“Because, you don’t lose two fights and then go into a massive heavyweight title fight.
“But if he lets me fight Usyk and I batter Usyk, then I’d come back and fight Joshua, batter him as well.
“Then I can just f*** off and they can all fight for the belts. I’d retire.”
Fury vs Whyte?
The Gypsy King has already been told by WBC that he must fight Dillian Whyte next, but Fury is still yet to speak publicly about that fight, insisting that he doesn’t know what the future holds.
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“I’m just chilling, enjoying life, taking one day at a time, and enjoying myself,” Fury told Sky Sports.
“I’m not really interested, because to be honest it doesn’t really make much sense who I want to fight at this moment. It’s who’s available and what makes sense later on.”
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German fighter Musa Yamak died Saturday after suffering a heart attack and collapsing in the boxing ring following a fight earlier in the day at a small show in Garching, Germany.
Yamak (8-0, 8 KOs), a 38-year-old, and up to that point undefeated Turkish-born German boxer, tried to come out for the third round, but collapsed on the ground and fell unconscious.
The fight was won by Ugandan veteran Hamza Wandera (20-19, 3 knockouts). German and international media report that Yamak tried to come out for the third, but suddenly fell down and was knocked unconscious. He could not be revived.
Later, the boxer was pronounced dead in the hospital. And as for the cause of what happened, it is reported that his death was the product of a myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Yamak turned pro in 2017 in a low-key career, which of course was affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And in his last fight in November 2021, he won the WBFI title by knocking out Siarhei Huliakevich.
Second boxing death in 2022
His death is the second recorded in the ring this year following the death of Armenian-born Russian boxer Arrest Sahakyan last January 9.
Sahakyan spent ten days in a coma before being pronounced dead at the age of 26.
Last year, Rashed Al-Swaisat died at the age of 19 after collapsing in the ring during a World Youth Championship bout.
Al-Swaisat was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency brain surgery, but died ten days later.
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The fight was stopped in round 10, Ayala was already receiving a lot of punishment, the boxer immediately felt bad, the ring doctors gave her the first attentions, but when they saw that the fighter did not react they decided to take her to the hospital.
The promoter Fightzone issued a press release stating that Ayala underwent surgery and that she was recovering without problems, they informed that her condition was stable and they expected her evolution to be favorable.
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