Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua is the fight that has been on boxing fans’ lips for years. But the prospects of the bout actually taking place seem slim.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed it was a ‘done deal’ for his fighter to take on his rival Fury last year. Contracts were signed and the biggest all-British contest for decades looked on.
But the proposed fight fell through when Deontay Wilder won his arbitration case for another shot at Fury. The trilogy clash took place in October, with Fury victorious.
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The previous month, Joshua took on Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Londoner was defeated. Fast forward six months and Fury does have the all-British clash he was after – but it’s against Dillian Whyte instead of AJ.
Joshua, meanwhile, is set to face Usyk in a rematch of their first fight. That is due to happen at some point this summer.
Joshua was offered a large sum of money to step aside from his fight to pave the way for Fury to take on Usyk in a bout to unify the heavyweight championship belts but he rejected the offer.
Fury has hinted on repeated occasions that he will retire after fighting Whyte at Wembley Stadium. The Gyspy King is now 33.
It all leaves the prospect of Fury taking on Joshua – a fight we would all love to see – looking unfortunately slim. But the war of words between the pair has continued.
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What have Fury and Joshua said?
Should both Britons come out victorious, they’ll likely face one another later this year in a fight which UK fans have been asking to see for over half a decade.
Joshua wasted no time in branding Fury a ‘fraud’ after the collapse of their fight. “Tyson Fury the world now sees you for the fraud you are,” Joshua posted.
“You’ve let boxing down! You lied to the fans and led them on. Used my name for clout not a fight. Bring me any championship fighter who can handle their business correctly.”
Fury fired back: “Anthony Joshua your [sic] more full of s*** than Eddie, spouting absolute s****! Your full team knew there was an arbitration going on, it was out of my hands!
“But I tell you what if I’m a fraud let’s fight this weekend bare knuckles till 1 man quits? Let’s put up 20 mill each!!!”
The war of words continued with Joshua saying: “If there was an arbitration going on, why announce to the world we are fighting! The fight was signed! UNDISPUTED.
“Bare knuckle? You’re a good kid, don’t play with me Luke! I’ll slap your bald head & you’ll do nothing! Wasteman.”
Fury promised to deal with Joshua after he had defeated Wilder for a third time. He wrote: “Not going in to the details on line! You’ll slap me about will you dosser please come and try Bum, I’m waiting… Femi AKA Bottlejob! 24/7 365. Ready. I’ll smoke wilder first then you will get yours as well.”