Tyson Fury Vs. Anthony Joshua Could Happen Next Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak
A blockbuster heavyweight undisputed clash between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could happen next due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says an all-British showdown could "start taking priority" over Joshua's IBF mandatory fight with Kubrat Pulev.
The unified heavyweight king is set to defend his world titles against Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, with Hearn hopeful that this date will go ahead amid the global pandemic.
But the Matchroom boss has a back-up plan due to the coronavirus crisis and opened the door for Fury vs. Joshua.
"Well I think, all of a sudden, does the Joshua-Fury fight start taking priority, maybe over a Pulev fight, if the Pulev fight extends beyond the summer. There's so much that could happen right now," Hearn explained.
"I prank call Dillian Whyte, I call Wayne Rooney, I call Anthony Joshua..." :joy:
Who can guess what Tyson Fury has been doing in self-isolation? :laughing: pic.twitter.com/InDLacAGmd
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Of course, Fury and Deontay Wilder will meet for a third time after the American triggered the contracted rematch clause.
"I mean anything is possible, but contractually Deontay Wilder is going to want his fight next, whether that's in July or whether there's a force majeure that takes that to October, November wherever," Hearn added.
"Right now, for us, we're fighting Kubrat Pulev, June 20, and it could be July 25, but everything is uncertain at the moment, whilst the country and the world tries to contain this pandemic."
Hearn has cancelled all of his shows in March and April after the worsening of the coronavirus outbreak.
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And he has a contingency plan in place if his May shows are affected, too.
"May is going ahead, but we also understand that we have contingencies in place to move Dillian Whyte to the middle of June, to move Derek Chisora-Usyk back into the end of June, early July, and of course Anthony Joshua, who was due to go June 20, at Tottenham Hotspur football club," he explained.
"Really relies on the run of the Premier League now, because if the Premier League extend their season, Spurs will need their stadium. We already have a reserve date that we're discussing with Spurs of July 25 for Anthony Joshua against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium."