Putting together a huge heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua was never going to be an easy process, but promoter Bob Arum believes current circumstances could play a helping hand in getting the two champions in the ring at the same time.
Fury returned to the top of the heavyweight division in February when he dominated and stopped Deontay Wilder, and even though there was a rematch clause in the contract for that fight it has not prevented plenty of chatter about a huge unification clash with domestic rivals Joshua this year.
That speculation has only intensified due to current events, with fights being postponed and travel bans being put in place, and veteran promoter Arum has now admitted to Sky Sports that “everything is possible” when it comes to the next big fights in the heavyweight division.
“With or without audiences, we can’t do [Fury v Wilder 3] while Fury can’t get back into the United States due to the travel ban,” the Top Rank boss said. “Wilder couldn’t get into England either.
“Everything is possible. We are all operating in territory where nobody has experience. I’m 88 but I’ve never had the experience to deal with this. We’re feeling our way. But everything is possible and nothing is off the table. We have to sit and discuss this, to figure out how to move into the future. I can’t predict when Fury v Wilder will take place or if it will happen.
“Everybody in the UK wants to see the two Brits fighting, Fury and Joshua. When can that happen? I don’t know. I also promote Kubrat Pulev and we’re talking next week to Eddie Hearn about how to do Joshua v Pulev [which had been scheduled for June 20].”
So could Arum be spot on – could we really see Fury v Joshua for all of the world heavyweight titles this year?
The bookmakers are not offering odds on the chances of that fight happening, but they have priced up a possible unification clash between the two men and following his outstanding performance against Wilder in February, bookmaker bet365 has installed Fury as the 1/2 favourite, with Joshua considered a 6/4 underdog at the time of writing.