Tyson Fury’s Promoter Reveals Why Joshua vs Fury Is Still a ‘Huge’ Fight

Published 09/29/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


The heavyweight world was building up to a Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua bout. However, Oleksandr Usyk’s victory has set the cat among the pigeons. Joshua, who lost to Usyk, has activated his rematch clause. Even if he reclaims his titles, ‘AJ’ will still appear the underdog against Tyson Fury, that is, if ‘The Gypsy King’ beats Deontay Wilder in the trilogy.

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Bob Arum has pitched his opinion on the Fury vs Joshua fight. He appeared optimistic about seeing it happen and revealed why it will still be an electrifying contest.

In a chat with IFL TV, Bob Arum said, “Not as much value as he [Anthony Joshua] brought before, but because they are two Brits and everybody has been talking about it. Particularly in the UK. Joshua against Fury. Should Fury beat Wilder and then beat Usyk would be still a huge huge fight.”

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Anthony Joshua has expressed his interest in meeting Tyson Fury without the belts. In reality, it seems bizarre as the current heavyweight roster is blooming with big names and mandatory contenders. Apart from Usyk, Dillian Whyte is also a viable name to go for the WBC title. Hence, Anthony Joshua must re-conquer his straps and then target Tyson Fury.

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A rematch against Oleksandr Usyk will be electrifying, especially after the shocking outcome in the first leg. However, if Joshua falls short again, it might be the end of all hopes as the interest in a fight between him and ‘The Gypsy King’ may drop.

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are not far away

The initial plans of the heavyweight title ride look steady. The winner of Wilder vs Fury 3 will have the WBC title and Usyk vs Joshua 2 will finally settle the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO race. Hence, Fury and Joshua are still one-win away from locking horns.

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Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua reacts after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

However, WBC mandatory Dillian Whyte can shake the plans with his sudden intervention. He has been out of action for a while and has been aiming for the world title. Thus, the winner of Fury vs Wilder 3 might have to defend the title against ‘The Body Snatcher’.

Hence, the heavyweight roster has several potential fights awaiting on board and only time will reveal what’s next.

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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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