Talks Underway For Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua Heavyweight Unification Clash
Talks have begun for the massive heavyweight unification fight between Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua.
WBC world champion Fury has an obligated third bout with Deontay Wilder but according to ESPN, the Bronze Bomber could receive a large pay-off to abandon his rematch clause and make way for a massive all-British affair.
Joshua, meanwhile, was slated to defend his world titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in June before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But it could mean that we finally see the monumental showdown between Fury and Joshua, with reports saying that MTK Global, who represent the Gypsy King, are taking the lead on negotiations due to Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren not having a great working relationship at present.
The current situation means there's unfortunately next to no chance to the slugfest happening on British soil but there's scope for it to take place in Saudi Arabia, where Joshua regained his belts with a disciplined performance over Andy Ruiz Jr in December.
MTK are awaiting an offer from promoters in Saudi Arabia and it's said that Wilder, recovering from surgery following his first career defeat, is aware of talks being underway for Fury-Joshua.
Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing, Fury's promoters in the United States, says all offers are being taken into account.
"Let's see what type of offers we get from the Middle East," Arum told ESPN.
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"Because there is a real frenzy with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, with the Emirates, to do events, to open up these countries in the winter and into next year. It would be foolish for us to not consider those types of offers."
Fury was asked for a comment and in typical fashion, said he would never back down from any challenge.
"I'll fight in Timbuktu if the money's right, "Fury stated.
"I have a bag, and I will travel."
Joshua is of the same sentiment, however. He's sold out shows in iconic arenas such as Wembley Stadium, the Principality Stadium and Madison Square Garden but he would settle for fighting in front of no fans if it meant getting in the ring with Fury.
:flag_gb: Anthony Joshua on Tyson Fury next: "It would be amazing to tell Pulev, 'It's best if you step aside,' and tell Wilder 'Enjoy your Alabama chicken while we get cracking in the UK.' That fight needs to happen, there will never be another time like this again." [@SkySportsBoxing]- Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 16, 2020
Speaking to DAZN, Joshua said: "If Eddie Hearn said he managed to secure the Tyson Fury fight, but it is behind closed doors, I would take it.
"If I don't take it now then I don't think Tyson Fury will be around by the time this all comes around again, when big hall shows are available. I have to take the opportunity while they're there.
"We have two current heavyweight champions in Great Britain right now. Wilder, it would be good if he stepped aside, Pulev, it would be good if he stepped aside and we got this fight on as it is one that the world is screaming for."
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