- Eddie Hearn says Fury vs Joshua is happening in the summer of 2021.
- According to the Matchroom promoter, only “minor issues” remain before a contract can be signed.
- Tyson Fury is current a -185 betting favorite over Anthony Joshua who is listed at +165.
Tyson Fury is finally fighting Anthony Joshua in the summer of 2021.
Per Boxing Insider’s Mike Coppinger, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said the fight has been verbally agreed to and that only “minor issues” remain before the fight contract can be signed:
Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua is verbally agreed to and contracts are being drafted for the heavyweight championship fight in May/June. Hearn says only “minor issues to resolve” such as who walks last, the site, etc. This fight is going to happen next #FuryJoshua
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) December 20, 2020
This report is likely true because earlier this year, both camps announced that they have agreed to a two-fight deal for 2021 with the first bout possibly happening in the summer.
Two Fight Contract
Tyson Fury confirms he’s agreed a two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua in 2021.
First, he will finish the trilogy with Deontay Wilder. pic.twitter.com/gBVtMsGVWm
— Boxing on BT Sport ? (@BTSportBoxing) June 10, 2020
Last June, Fury confirmed that he and Joshua agreed in principle to a two-fight deal in 2021. Under that agreement, both fighters would share the money 50-50 in the first bout with the winner getting the lion’s share of the purse in the second bout at 60-40. However, when the two British fighters made that deal, they still had to do their respective share of the bargain.
For Anthony Joshua, he still had two mandatory fights. First was Kubrat Pulev, whom he was supposed to fight in June but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. That bout happened last weekend with Joshua knocking out the IBF’s mandatory challenger. Next would be Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO’s mandatory challenger.
As for Fury, he was supposed to fight Deontay Wilder in December to complete their trilogy but that did not happen. Wilder was also supposed to defend the WBC title against mandatory challenger and interim champion Dillian Whyte. But Whyte lost to Alexander Povetkin last August, putting him out of the picture, for now.
No More Major Roadblocks
Usyk hints he WILL step aside for AJ to fight Fury in ‘once in lifetime’ clash https://t.co/OLwFJ38qlu
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) December 18, 2020
The Fury vs Joshua bout got a boost a couple of days ago when Oleksandr Usyk hinted that he is willing to step aside to make the Fury vs Joshua happen. Usyk is the WBO’s mandatory challenger and if he forces his way to the picture, Joshua might end up losing one belt which would make the Fury fight “less significant”. But after previously insisting that he wants next, Usyk now says that the title unification between the two British champions is a “once in a lifetime event”. Said Usyk:
With Usyk stepping aside, then the only stumbling block in making the fight is Deontay Wilder who continued to insist that a third fight between him and Fury must take place first. Last month, Wilder and his camp threatened to sue Fury if the third fight didn’t happen in December 2020. However, The Bronze Bomber seemed to mellow down by the end of November, even mentioning five alternative names in case the Fury talks bog down. If Wilder no longer insists on the trilogy fight happening next, then there are indeed no more major roadblocks ahead.
Fury Still Favored Over AJ
Tyson Fury opens as heavy favorite over Anthony Joshua in heavyweight showdown. ? https://t.co/DGcZtaltSz
(via @TheTomCasale) pic.twitter.com/ho07egaZLN
— theScore Bet (@theScoreBet) June 11, 2020
When Fury and Joshua announced last summer that they made a pact, online sportsbooks already opened the betting odds for this heavyweight showdown. Fury was the heavy betting favorite when the lines were first posted. And although AJ has covered some ground in the recent months, Fury is still favored over Joshua.
The Gypsy King has not fought since knocking out Wilder last February but despite that, online sportsbooks still think that he will beat Joshua. According to BetOnline.ag, Fury is still a slight -185 betting favorite with AJ coming back at +165 as of the latest oddsboard dated 12/20/20.
Many thought that the Fury vs Joshua bout would be one of the best fights that never happened. Joshua was content to fighting whoever for as long as he filled up the stadiums and the fight made big money. Meanwhile, Fury signed with ESPN and Arum. But now we’re seeing all parties trying to make this fight happen. We could be finally seeing it next May.