The boxing world continues to await a potential blockbuster Heavyweight title fight between British champions Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs).
The problem, however, is that it seems as if the parties involved aren’t on the same page when it comes to the status of the fight.
Recently, it had seemed as if talks were moving in the right direction in regards to making the bout between Fury, the WBC and Ring Magazine champion, and Joshua, the WBA, WBO, and IBF champion, a reality.
But in an interview with ESPN a few weeks ago, Fury made it seem like he wasn’t all that convinced that the bout would take place in the coming months. And now, in an interview with iFL TV, the unbeaten 32-year-old has continued to share that same sentiment, saying that nothing is “imminent” at the moment.
“A lot is going on behind the scenes that can scupper a fight,” Fury said. “Nothing’s actually on until you’re in the ring. We’re nowhere near that at the moment.
“Do I think the fight will eventually happen? Yes. Do I think it’s imminent? No.”
If Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, is to be believed, however, it seems as if the ball is in Fury’s court. Hearn has appeared confident as of late that the bout will come to fruition, and although he admits the process has taken a bit longer than expected, he recently said that he’s just waiting on Fury’s side to agree to terms.
“We’re just waiting for them to sign,” Hearn said on The Ak and Barak Show (Via DAZN). “There’s quite a lot of people from their side who has to sign. From our side, it’s a little bit different.
“When we agreed terms, we said to these guys, ‘look, go around all your people and get it signed, and then we’ll be ready to go’. That process is taking longer than we expected. I did actually speak to Team Fury last night, who said that we should get it back in the next 24 or 48 hours, so we’ll see.”
To conclude, Fury remains skeptical on the likelihood of the fight taking place, while Hearn seems to continuously imply that negotiations are moving in the right direction. As of now, that doesn’t leave us with much about what the future holds.
What’s encouraging, however, is that both sides have repeatedly expressed interest in making the bout happen, and there’s no denying that it’s arguably the biggest match that can be made in boxing.
Not only are both men massive stars, but a bout between Joshua, who’s coming off a win over Kubrat Pulev, and Fury, who’s coming off a win over Deontay Wilder, would also determine an undisputed Heavyweight champion, which is of great significance.