Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have an ongoing feud that is expected to end in a fierce unification bout in the near future.
The two heavyweights were due to go toe-to-toe in Saudi Arabia this summer but those plans were halted after an American court ruled that Deontay Wilder could have his rematch with the Gypsy King.
That bout is set for October 9th in Las Vegas, while Joshua defends his belts against Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25th.
Both fights are widely seen as the final hurdle for each fighter before they go toe-to-toe, although there’s plenty to be decided and many moving parts.
Here’s everything we know so far about the potential fight.
When will the fight take place?
It’s highly unlikely that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will face off before the end of 2021 but, if a fight was somehow organised, December would be a likely date.
However, it’s more likely that the pair would clash in early 2022, potentially around March, with a rematch in the summer – the latter of which can be expected to be held in the UK, with the initial bout abroad.
Fight preparations are complicated by the fact that Anthony Joshua’s deal with Eddie Hearn and Sky Sports expiring after the bout with Usyk, with negotiations around that expected.
What happened when they met before?
Fury and Joshua have faced-off in the past previously, with their meeting taking place behind-closed-doors in 2010 – two years before AJ’s Olympic triumph in London and three years before he turned professional.
In that meeting, it is alleged that Joshua ‘boxed Fury’s head off’ and both fighters have spoken about the meeting in the past.
In 2016, Joshua said: “I didn’t even know who Fury was. He was in London at the time, come down from Manchester. I didn’t manage to knock him out, we both hit each other with some big shots, powerful shots.”
What are the odds?
While the fight is yet to be scheduled, odds for a future bout are already available and Tyson Fury is currently the favourite.
BetFair have the Gypsy King priced at 4/7, with AJ priced with odds of 11/8 – which shows just how tight a fight in the ring could be.
A draw is available for a price of 22/1.