We had announced an agreement between the two camps. But nothing has yet been formalized. When will the shock of unification of heavyweight titles between the British Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua? If the place finally seems to have been found, the nerve of the war on the financial level, three dates would still be possible. RMC Sport gives you the latest information on the long-awaited shock.
Twice they do us the blow. In the summer of 2020 and then in mid-March 2021, the media relayed the two announcements like waving a candy in front of a child: Tyson Fury against Anthony Joshua, the first four-belt unification fight at the heavyweight, it was made. Sign. Two meetings in 2021, one in the summer, the other at the end of the year, with grants at 50-50 then 60-40 in favor of the first winner, for the biggest shock of the titans in history of British boxing between the champion WBC-The Ring (Fury) and his counterpart WBA Super-IBF-WBO (Joshua).
Each time, we waited for a date to fall. And for now, we are still waiting. There were, however, thirty days after the “signing” in mid-March to jointly decide on a date and a place, the sinews of the day since the country which will host the fight will provide most of the necessary financial resources. We even mentioned July 17, the ideal date between the Euro and the Tokyo Olympics, the two big sporting events of the summer. We also received confirmation that the two camps had received several offers, ten days ago, and that they were happy with them. Despite some dissonant voices, like daddy John Fury who did not see the thing being done in the summer, the lights were green and both clans spoke positive. But nothing came.
The Las Vegas rumor then burst into the debates after photos posted on social media by Fury (who is currently training in Nevada) and Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing boss and Joshua’s promoter of Allegiant Stadium, shiny new lair of the Raiders (NFL). Between a historical link with boxing and the idea of a 100% open stadium, the will of the local governor from June 1, the idea made sense. But after admitting to having had discussions with “the city of vice”, Hearn quickly swept it under the rug. Before giving the main information of the last few hours: the two camps, which had the choice between different offers across the planet, did find an agreement on a place.
July 24, July 31 or August 7
According to Bob Arum, boss of Top Rank and co-promoter of the fight on the Fury side, which confirms an information delivered by ESPN (Top Rank broadcaster and which will be in charge of pay-per-view in the United States, Sky and BT Sport, broadcasters premises of the two boxers, sharing it in Great Britain where the promoters hope for a new sales record of 3 million), it is Saudi Arabia, which had already hosted the revenge between Andy Ruiz Jr and Joshua. The fight could take place in Jeddah, in a covered hall that can accommodate 20,000 spectators. Local organizers would have a choice of three dates, July 24, July 31 or August 7, three possibilities that aren’t the most accommodating for Joshua’s coach Rob McCracken, who also serves as the team’s coach. British Olympic Games which will be on the bridge in Tokyo between July 23 and August 8.
A few final details still need to be worked out, such as… the order of entry into the ring, arriving last being the privilege traditionally reserved for the champion. “Maybe they could go in at the same time, each on one side of the stadium, Hearn laughs. That would solve a problem.” But everything seems in place and the official announcement should be soon. We feared for a time to relive the situation between Joshua and Deontay Wilder, then WBC champion, who had flirted with a fight without ever taking the plunge before seeing the thing collapse with defeats of the two men, but both camps have been able to come together to give the public what they expected. More than a matter of days, even hours, before launching for good the explosive pre-combat of a combat which will not be less so.