Tyson Fury's much anticipated heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 14 is off after Deontay Wilder refused to step aside to let the fight go ahead.
Just when we thought we were ready to see one of the biggest fights in the history of boxing, a massive spanner has been thrown into the plans.
It was believed that WBC champion Fury was set to fight WBO, WBA and IBF champion Joshua on Saturday, August 14 in Saudi Arabia, but as we all know in boxing things are never that simple.
After a court of arbitration ruled that Deontay Wilder was due his rematch, it has now been reported that Joshua will be ordered to put his titles on the line against Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk.
Wilder has since refused to step aside and it has now been reported that Wilder will face Fury for the WBC title in Las Vegas on July 24.
My head is hurting with all this, so for this article let’s presume that the fight will go ahead one day, check out our full preview and just ignore all the politics that is going on in the background.
Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua Predictions & Tips
This is the fight we all want to see. I believe a lot of fans will be disappointed if this fight will take place in Saudi Arabia rather than Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium or Wembley, but at this stage, we are just happy the fight looks to be going ahead – although once again we don’t actually know if it will happen.
I’ll get it out there so there is no doubt, I am a massive Tyson Fury fan. What he has gone through to get back to where he is now is truly inspirational. To battle depression to put in those two performances against Deontay Wilder will go down in history. He claims to be the best in the world, and hopefully, he gets the chance to prove it after he has disposed of Wilder again.
I don’t dislike Anthony Joshua, I was a big supporter at the start, but I feel he has been shoved down our throats as the poster boy of British boxing. I just feel that he cannot do any wrong, but I think he will meet his match in Fury.
Fury won’t fall for any ‘Mr Nice Guy’ mind tricks, he will look Joshua square in the eye and call him a ‘dosser’ and promise to knock him out.
I feel that Fury will need to knock Joshua out to claim all the titles. If it goes to points, I believe Joshua will be given the decision. Fury needs to make sure there is no doubt. He has been here before, he clearly defeated Wilder and didn’t get the verdict with the judges, so he needs to claim a knockout win to get his hand raised.
Road To Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua
This fight should determine who is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but how did we get to this point?
Tyson Fury’s rise back to the top of the heavyweight division has been one of the biggest British sporting stories in years. ‘The Gypsy King’ was on top of the world when he became the man to end Wladimir Klitschko’s dominance of the heavyweight ranks back in November 2015, but his reign proved to be short-lived as much talked about issues outside of the ring forced him on the sidelines for over two-and-a-half years.
Fury finally made his return to the ring with a farcical four-round win over Sefer Seferi in June 2018 before following it up with an underwhelming decision win over Francesco Pianeta a couple of months later that was designed to get some rounds under his belt. Immediately after the bout it was confirmed that his next outing would see him take on unbeaten WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder later in the year, and it was a decision that sparked much debate with many wondering if the former heavyweight champion had taken on the fight far too early.
Those doubters were silenced by a superb showing from Fury in Los Angeles. He outclassed the unbeaten ‘Bronze Bomber’ from almost start to finish, and despite being knocked down twice in the contest it was widely felt that the challenger had done more than enough to have his hand raised. Two judges controversially disagreed however, resulting in a split decision draw that saw Wilder hold onto his crown. Fury would leave no doubt just over 14 months later though, outclassing the champion from start to finish before stopping him in the seventh round to become a two-time heavyweight champion.
It was quickly confirmed that Wilder would activate a rematch clause in the contract that would force Fury to make his first defence against the former champion, but that did not stop plenty of discussion over whether or not the American could be persuaded to step aside in order to let the two champions in the division – Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua – go head-to-head for all of the marbles.
Joshua, of course, is back atop the heavyweight division and is holding all but one of the titles after he successfully avenged the only defeat of his career to become a two-time champion in 2019. ‘AJ’ was the top dog in the division when he attempted to make a splash in America last year, and while his US debut did grab headlines they were for all the wrong reasons.
Joshua had been set to take on Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller in New York until a failed drug test took the challenger out of the bout. Promoter Eddie Hearn pressed on with the event though and it was soon confirmed that Andy Ruiz Jr would provide the opposition for Joshua at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.
Casual fans wrote off the much small and much chunkier challenger, but those who knew their boxing knew that he was a step up in quality from Miller. Joshua was still expected to win though and he appeared on course for a routine stoppage success when he floored Ruiz Jr in the third round. However, Ruiz Jr had other ideas. He climbed to his feet and dropped the champion moments later, and he then went on to floor Joshua three more times before the referee stepped in and waved it off, signalling the arrival of the first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion of the world.
Following the bout there was much discussion about what had gone wrong for Joshua – had he been ill, had been knocked out in sparring, had he taken the challenger lightly? The former champion, to his credit, offered no excuses, instead triggering the rematch clause to ensure that he would get the first crack at Ruiz Jr. Joshua slimmed down, acknowledging that the mass he had gained in recent years was not good for him, and he righted all of the wrongs in Saudi Arabia as he picked apart Ruiz Jr en route to a landslide decision that gave him back the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles.
Back on top of the world, Joshua was slated for a first defence against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, but still, there was plenty of talk about whether or not he could skip that bout in favour of a huge unification clash with Fury. AJ made light work of Pulev as he knocked the Bulgarian out in the ninth round. He will have to be at his best to beat Fury, but the same has to be said about Fury as well.
Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua Tips: Reaction
.@Tyson_Fury the world now sees you for the fraud you are.
You’ve let boxing down!
You lied to the fans and led them on. Used my name for clout not a fight.
Bring me any championship fighter who can handle their business correctly.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) May 19, 2021
@anthonyjoshua your more full of shit that Eddie, Spouting absolute shite! your full team knew there was an Arbitration going on, it was out of my hands! but i tell you what if i’m a fraud let’s fight this weekend bare knuckles till 1 man quits? let’s put up 20 mill each!!! 🖕🏻🖕🏻 https://t.co/NbCvwn6YfN
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) May 19, 2021
If there was an arbitration going on, why announce to the world we are fighting! The fight was signed! UNDISPUTED 💥
Bare knuckle? You’re a good kid, don’t play with me Luke!
I’ll slap your bald head & you’ll do nothing! Waste man. https://t.co/d9PLjAesj6
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) May 19, 2021
not going in to the details on line!
you’ll slap me about will you dosser please come and try Bum, i’m waiting… Femi AKA Bottlejob! 24/7 365. Ready. i’ll smoke wilder first then you will get yours aswell. #GK https://t.co/Led1X54PhS
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) May 19, 2021
Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum: “No, there’s no chance that he [Wilder] will step aside. He doesn’t want to step aside, except for a totally preposterous number. The judge said he had a right to a rematch and we’re going to go ahead with it. I believe that the law and the facts were on our side and that Fury could go ahead and fight Joshua. The arbitrator saw it differently. When you get knocked down like we did, pick yourself up, and Tyson will do that. We’ll fight Wilder on July 24 in Las Vegas.”