The first fight between British boxers Anthony Joshua, 31, WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion, and Tyson Fury, 32, WBC champion, announced in March and scheduled for this summer, is questioned by the clan Fury.
“The July or August fight is stalled as far as we’re concerned,” Tyson Fury promoter Bob Arum told The Telegraph on Thursday. The holding of two matches in 2021 between the rivals, one in the summer and the other before the winter, had been unveiled a month and a half ago.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn assured him on the same day that he was “100% confident” the fight would take place, despite concerns over delays in finalizing the contract.
The situation is reminiscent of the soap opera planned between Joshua and the American Deontay Wilder, previous holder of the WBC belt, dispossessed by Fury, which never ended.
Eager for a few years to open up internationally through sport, Saudi Arabia, where Joshua won a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019, would have offered 150 million dollars (124 million euros) to welcome the event.
But the impact of the Covid pandemic, especially on the public gauge and travel, seems to complicate matters.
The legendary Bob Arum, 89, believes that it will not be possible to reach an agreement in time and called on the boxers to “go and do more fights this summer while the negotiations in the Middle East come to an end”.
“It will take months for the Saudis to do the necessary checks on such a huge deal,” the Top Rank boss said.
According to him, “It’s not just about the site choice, there are side demands from the Saudis that extend to broadcast deals and other things. It could take months to put everything in place. It could even take until 2022, given the turn of events.
“It’s absurd for Hearn to say the deal is done. If we had just made a deal on the site without the other complications that arose, we would already have a fight. Fury is furious about it and refuses to continue to. wait, ”Arum said.
The fight, if it takes place, promises to be the highest paying in the history of British boxing, with the two men holding the four main world heavyweight titles between them.