Today Eddie Hearn announced that Anthony Joshua, current IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion, has agreed to fight Tyson Fury, holder of both the Ring Magazine and WBC title. Tyson Fury vs Anthony /joshua has been a long discussed and sought after matchup that many feel is overdue.
The news today still leads me to believe that there is a lot of room between the cup and the lip, as they say.
Deontay Wilder Vs Tyson Fury | Unfinished Business
First, Fury has an agreed upon rematch for a 3rd fight with Deontay Wilder. This fight is still supposed to happen in 2020, but it doesn’t have a date or venue. We still hope it does as Wilder vs Fury III is on our fights we want to see post quarantine list!
If and when this fight takes place, it’s hard to ignore the ramifications of Wilder actually pulling off a victory. What would that mean for this supposedly done deal of Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua?
The chances of Anthony Joshua following through with a fight as dangerous as one with Fury with no belts as incentive is slim to none. With Wilder being the dark horse of the heavyweight division since he’s turned professional, it’s also hard to overlook Wilder and his right hand.
Anthony Joshua Vs Mandatory?
Secondly, Anthony Joshua may possibly have to deal with a mandatory WBC defense against Kubrat Pulev, or Oleksandr Usyk, who is the #1 contender to the WBO title. A trilogy fight with Dilian Whyte has also been floated around but is much less interesting now with the current heavyweight mix.
Since avenging his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr., you would think Joshua still has a lot to prove in the ring especially since his chin wasn’t tested in the rematch with Ruiz. We saw a completely different style of boxing fro Joshua in his last outing, a style that would not match up well with a fighter like Fury or a slippery Usyk.
This may make Usyk the perfect “tune-up” fight for Joshua before taking on Fury. The only problem is Usyk is a dangerous fighter in his own right.
Covid-19 Vs Boxing
Finally, let us not forget the pandemic that is preventing large gatherings, and we still have no idea when those restrictions will be lifted. Sporting events have been coming back but we have no idea what the landscape of fights will look like 6 months from now. Of the few fights made since quarantine, more than one has been cancelled because of a fighter testing positive for coronavirus.
Even indirectly, coaching staff has been banned from ringside for even being in contact with an infected individual as was the case with Kay Koroma. Koroma coaches both Shakur Stevenson and Mikaela Mayer. When Mayer tested positive for covid-19, Koroma was forced to not be ringside for Shakur despite a negative test.
All of these possible scenarios could impact the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua megafight.
But, we are going to be optimistic here. We have 2 fights agreed upon in principle for 2021 that will establish heavyweight supremacy.