Derek Chisora Says Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua Will Not Happen This Year

Published 04/21/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


The heavyweight title unification matchup between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua might appear to be on the brink of being finalized. However, not everyone sees it happening this year.

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Heavyweight puncher, Derek Chisora, believes neither champion will square off this year and the title clash might get postponed till 2022. Although Eddie Hearn has reflected on the recent developments to the fight, ‘War’ Chisora didn’t find his words credible enough. He connected with IFL TV and shed opinion on the much-awaited heavyweight collision.

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“Eddie Hearn is just coming up with bullsh**. No, I am not buying it. I am not buying it at all,” said ‘War’.

He added, “I believe it don’t happen this year. I am not buying it, man. Where? You have to ask yourself. Where is the fight going to happen?”

However, the official reports from the management have been completely different. They claim that the fight will take place before August with several possible locations onboard. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is also a likely venue, as it successfully hosted Anthony Joshua’s second-last pro fight against Andy Ruiz Jr. Nevertheless, Chisora claimed Saudi Arabia is shut and belittled Hearn’s claims.

Derek Chisora said, “Saudi is shut, you can’t go to Saudi. It’s all nonsense my friend, the fight is not happening this year.”

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According to the official reports, the heavyweight battle is locked in on the papers. Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have reportedly signed a two-fight contract and are waiting to receive a date and venue. Moreover, the WBC champion has reached Las Vegas and is undergoing an active training camp.

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So, the fight doesn’t seem to be in jeopardy unless a new contractual rigmarole intervenes. Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn have constantly appeared optimistic about staging the blockbuster fight. And with so much development to the idea, there’s no running away now. Hence, boxing fans can expect the promoters to announce the official date and venue soon.

Do you think Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua will happen this year? What do you make of Chisora’s comments?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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