Bob Arum On Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua: “We’re All Set With That”
By: Hans Themistode
Tyson Fury had his list of fighters all lined up. Later on this year the current WBC and Ring magazine heavyweight belt holder would have his trilogy fight with former titlist Deontay Wilder, and should he win, would move on to a mega showdown with unified champion Anthony Joshua.
Yet, with Wilder’s team reportedly playing around with the date, Fury has decided to move on all together. Since Wilder’s mandated rematch clause expired, Fury is free to do whatever he wants.
At the moment, the British native is tired of coming halfway across the world in order to fight. So instead, he has chosen to have a homecoming bout in the United Kingdom on December 5th. His opponent hasn’t yet been finalized, but promoter Bob Arum is currently digging through a list of top contenders.
“Well it has to be a fighter rated in the top 15 of the WBC,” said Arum to Boxing Social. “We’ve examined the list and there are maybe five fighters that would be available and would make good fights. Hopefully this week we’ll be able to select a fighter from the available fighters.”
According to Boxing Social, although nothing is official as of yet, the list of names that Arum is currently sifting through includes Oscar Rivas, Agit Kabayel, Charles Martin, Michael Hunter and Efe Ajagba.
Whoever is chosen from that crop of heavyweights will be viewed as a prohibited underdog against Fury on December 5th. With so much on the line, most notably a mega showdown with fellow unified champion Anthony Joshua, Fury can’t afford to slip up now.
In terms of hammering out a deal between both sides, a few things have to take place beforehand.
For starters, as previously mentioned, Fury must get past his December 5th opponent. One week after he makes his title defense, Joshua, ironically enough, will defend his titles on December 12th. His opponent on the night will be former title challenger Kubrat Pulev who is currently riding an eight fight win streak.
Should an upset occur in either of their precursor contests, then their matchup will go by the wayside. However, both fighters are expected to walk through their respective opponents and meet sometime in the Spring of 2021.
Long negotiations and dragged out demands won’t be an issue between the sides. Arum believes the finish line is in sight. Both champions simply need to take care of business in the month of December.
“We’re all set with that. It’s a 50/50 deal, we’ll iron out details. Let the two guys have their fights in December. Tyson against whomever he fights on December 5th and Joshua against Pulev on December 12th. They both win and within three hours we can finalize any details that are outstanding. It’s not outstanding.”
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder Officially Off Says Fury: “I’ve Moved On”
By: Hans Themistode
Tyson Fury has waited, waited and waited some more. But now, the 32 year old heavyweight champion is through sitting on the sidelines.
For months now, Fury has been waiting to prove that his seventh round stoppage win over Deontay Wilder earlier this year was anything but a fluke. Yet, with a worldwide pandemic postponing several of their rematch dates and Wilder’s team attempting to buy their former champion more time, Fury has walked away from the table entirely.
“They asked me if I would agree to push it to December. I agreed to Dec. 19,” said Fury to The Athletic. “Then they tried to change the date again into next year. I’ve been training. I’m ready. When they tried moving off Dec. 19 and pushing to next year, enough was enough. I’ve moved on.”
Moving on from a fight with Wilder was essentially impossible. But with the former champions mandated rematch clause expiring, nothing is now restraining Fury from walking out the door. Which is exactly what he is doing.
The rivalry between Wilder and Fury is one that goes back to 2018. The two fought to a draw during their December matchup. Fury controlled most of the fight and would have cruised to a decision win if it weren’t for two dramatic knockdowns produced by Wilder. Their rematch, which took place earlier this year, was as one sided as ever.
With Wilder firmly in his rearview mirror, the heavyweight titlist now looks ahead. After four straight contests in America, Fury is looking to have a homecoming contest in December.
Despite leaving a trilogy matchup with Wilder on the table, the British native believes it isn’t necessary to speculate on how their contest would have played out.
“I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again. A quick and easy fight,” Fury said. “But Wilder and his team were messing around with the date. They don’t really want to fight the lineal heavyweight champion. They know how it ends. The world knows how it will end: with Wilder on his ass again.”
Should Fury pick up a win before the year ends, he already has eyes set on grabbing the remaining three belts in the heavyweight division sometime next year.
“I am the best fighter in the world. The lineal heavyweight champion. The two-time Ring magazine heavyweight champion. The WBC heavyweight champion,” Fury said. “And before the end of 2021, I will be the only man on this earth with a heavyweight championship belt.”
Tyson Fury Ranks The Heavyweight Division
By: Hans Themistode
Long before Tyson Fury became the top dog in the heavyweight division, he always considered himself the best of the best. His Lineal and WBC titles only strengthen his argument.
With a dozen years in the pro’s, Fury knows exactly what a top heavyweight looks like. So he always finds it surprising when anyone considers Anthony Joshua even remotely close to that.
“Anthony Joshua is a third tier heavyweight,” said Fury to TalkSports. “There’s levels to this game and I am top tier.”
Any list that doesn’t involve Fury at the top of it, is a bad one as far the British native is concerned. With that being said, he does generally rank as the best that the heavyweight division has to offer. But trailing close behind him is usually Joshua. Yet, when asked to put together his own list, Joshua found himself behind several notable names. Even one who is barely considered a heavyweight.
“There’s me and [Deontay] Wilder who can beat them all – easily – but I do put Oleksandr Usyk in there because he’s a fleet footed southpaw. All these heavyweights can beat each other, as we’ve seen.”
Usyk, 33, was the man to beat one weight class lower in the Cruiserweight division, having won every major title. But in the land of the big men, he’s been both inactive and untested. Come October 31st however, the latter will seemingly change once he takes on perpetual contender Dereck Chisora.
A win over his man will solidify Usyk’s spot as the mandatory contender for Joshua’s WBO title.
There’s been a bit of doubt as to whether or not that matchup will actually take place. Over the past several month’s Fury has called out Joshua at every turn. Even offering to face his British counterpart with one hand tied behind his back.
In short, it doesn’t matter if they met in the ring or the parking lot, there’s nothing Joshua can do to pick up a win against him.
“I beat two champions with more than 10 defenses and I could beat Joshua. I can beat him every way and there’s only one way to prove I can’t – come and show me I can’t.”
Those aforementioned fighters Fury mentions are none other than Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder. Before Fury can give his full undivided attention to Joshua, he’ll have to get pass Wilder again. But with a seventh round stoppage win under his belt when they met earlier this year, Fury didn’t sound concerned about taking down the hard hitting Wilder for a second time in a row.
“Wilder is a dynamite puncher, but he couldn’t live with the Gypsy King.”
Eddie Hearn Optimistic On Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Showdown: “I Think We Are On The Verge Of Papering That Deal With Bob Arum”
By: Hans Themistode
Most of the boxing world has been fixated on how a Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua showdown would play out. Most of that is due to the fact that both men have come out and expressed their interest in making their fight a reality.
But while fans and observers are split down the middle on who would actually win, promoter Eddie Hearn cringes whenever he hears a contest between the two discussed. It may be a great fight on paper, but there are way too many roadblocks in the way to have any serious discussions just yet.
“I’ve been talking to Bob Arum about various things such as Crawford against Brook which looks close to happening as well,” said Hearn to Sky Sports. “We want to talk about it but we also want to take care of business which Kubrat Pulev for AJ and Deontay Wilder for Tyson Fury.”
As mentioned by Hearn, one bad night at the office is all it will take to derail one of the biggest fights in recent heavyweight history.
For Fury, although he’s beaten Wilder before, the former heavyweight champion is reportedly in “tremendous” shape and looks forward to decapitating the British champion this time around. Joshua on the other hand, may have a seemingly easier opponent in front of him in Kubrat Pulev, but with eight straight victories under his belt, coupled with Joshua’s most recent loss against Andy Ruiz Jr. in mid 2019, the 6 ‘6 chiseled unified champion is believed to be vulnerable.
Still, even with Wilder possessing the sort of power that could leave a fighter in a vegetative state and Pulev in the best form of his life, Hearn believes both Fury and Joshua will get through their preliminary matchups and meet twice next year.
“I’m very sure you are going to see two versions of that fight in 2021. I think we are on the verge of papering that deal with Bob Arum. We haven’t done it yet but all of the conversations have been positive. In 2021 I’m very sure we are going to see those two fights.”
The road isn’t exactly easy for either man, but it’s a clear one, at least for Fury. The current WBC and Lineal titlist simply needs to get past one more opponent in Wilder before he can attempt to unify the division. Yet for WBA/IBF and WBO titlist Anthony Joshua, his road to a mega showdown with his rival has a few more landmines.
Provided Joshua gets past Pulev, standing in between him and the matchup he wants against Fury could be WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion is set to take on heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora later on this year.
At no point has Usyk ever expressed a desire to take a backseat in order to let someone else take his world title opportunity, and nothing has changed in that regard.
“For sure, he’s not stepping aside. He wants to fight the winner of Joshua vs Pulev for the WBO world title. Usyk believes he can go out and get a good win under his belt in the heavyweight division and then move on to challenge for a world title in 2021.”
Bob Arum On Fury vs Wilder 3: “We’re Optimistic That We’ll Be Able To Do The Event In Nevada, In Las Vegas”
By: Hans Themistode
It’s been difficult to associate anything superlative with this year.
From no fans allowed inside of arenas, to boxers such as Manny Pacquiao and Mikey Garcia doubtful to make an appearance this year, things have been rough for boxing fans.
Before COVID-19 wrapped it’s disease-ridden hands around the world’s once healthy shoulders, a third matchup between current WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former belt holder Deontay Wilder led the way in terms of the most anticipated matchup left on the schedule.
Yet, with no fans in attendance, it appeared that both big men were either going to have to sit out the remainder of the year, or be satisfied with the sound of their fist cracking each other in the head as background noise.
Now however, it appears neither option will be necessary.
“We’re optimistic that we’ll be able to do the event in Nevada, in Las Vegas,” said Arum to ESPN.
With roughly half a century worth of experience, Arum has adjusted his business model on more than one occasion. Some of his top current stars such as WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford and unified champ Vasiliy Lomachenko have not only agreed to fighting in an empty arena, but also a reduction in purse. Despite that, when it comes to one of the biggest trilogy contests in heavyweight history, Arum believes that having both men slug it out in an empty arena would do it no justice.
With that being said, Arum is no doctor. But he has done his due diligence in order to bring fans inside of the venue come fight night.
“That’s what we’re moving ahead on, on all fronts, with the security, with the virus, and everything.”
With Arum making the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada the host for most of his events, it comes as no surprise that the 88 year old has turned in their direction to host Wilder vs Fury 3. Only, it won’t be the MGM Grand Conference Center but the newly built Allegiant Stadium which holds just north of 70,000 people.
Arum’s target date would be roughly a week before Christmas on December 19th. And although things aren’t set in stone just yet, the long time promoter is putting all of the pieces into place.
“We’re talking with everybody here in town, and with the Raiders.”
Tyson Fury To Anthony Joshua: “Come See The Champ”
By: Hans Themistode
Tyson Fury, like most during the pandemic, has spent his time keeping himself busy.
The current Lineal and WBC heavyweight titlist can be found shadowing boxing at a local park near his home, or making the rounds on daily talk shows promoting his high profile future showdowns. Over the past few days, he’s done the latter.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) has an endless amount of options on the table. Dillian Whyte, before his jaw dropping knockout loss at the hands of Alexander Povetkin, continued to call him out. So has the likes of Dereck Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk who have their matchup coming up in the not so distant future. There is also one perpetual thorn in the side of Fury in former champion Deontay Wilder who will contractually receive the first crack at the British champion.
Unfortunately however, after sharing the ring on two separate occasions, their third and seemingly final showdown is still up in the air due to COVID-19.
Whether he is contractually bound to Wilder or not, if a date and place isn’t figured out by year’s end, then Fury would rather punch another fellow British champion in the face.
“If Wilder don’t happen then let’s do Joshua in December,” said Fury to BTSports. “Why not? I’m ready to go now. I’ll kick his ass anytime of the day.”
Fury’s idea brings smiles to the faces of fight fans, but Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev is quick to stop the current champion as he attempts to skip the line.
The IBF mandatory challenger has reeled off eight straight victories since his last title shot against Wladimir Klitschko and is in no mood to be left extraneous by Fury.
At the moment, Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) is aiming for a showdown with Pulev in December. But while the unified champion views his matchup with Pulev as a must in order to clear the path to his eventual contest with Fury, his rival views things entirely differently.
“Hopefully he’ll grow a pair and fight the Gypsy King. Grow a pair and come see the champ.”
Otto Wallin Gives Boxing Insider Radio His Thoughts on His Upcoming Contest Against Travis Kauffman, How He Dealt With COVID-19 and Empty Arenas
Heavyweight contender Otto Wallin has seen his return to the ring truncated on several occasions. Between constant opponent changes and a one on one battle with COVID-19, Wallin has been through a lot. Despite the ups and down, all systems are a go for his come back fight against Travis Kauffman on August 15th.
The Swedish born contender pressed pause on his preparations for his upcoming contest in order to give Boxing Insider radio an update on how he see’s his matchup playing out, his battle with COVID-19 and what he expects with no crowd in the stands.
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It was a night he couldn’t forget it, although it didn’t end the way he expected.
Going into his heavyweight contest against Tyson Fury in September of 2019, Otto Wallin was branded with the number 29 across his forehead. The figure signified that the Swedish native would be the 29th victory of Fury’s career.
The current lineal and WBC champion did in fact, have his hand raised in victory. But after 12 grueling rounds, he was left bloodied and battered. The loss for Wallin (20-1, 13 KOs) may have blemished his once undefeated record, but more importantly, it gave his name credibility in the heavyweight division. Now, nearly one year later, he’ll finally return to the ring when he takes on fringe contender Travis Kauffman (32-3, 23 KOs) on August 15th.
Under normal circumstances, sitting on the sidelines for almost one year following the best performance of his career would have left him acrimonious. But with this global pandemic currently taking place, Wallin is just looking forward to finally getting back in the ring.
“I’m very excited,” said Wallin on BoxingInsider radio. “It’s been almost a year since I fought Fury and it’s been a crazy year. This pandemic has shut everything down so I’ve been in New York. It’s been difficult but I’ve been training this whole time. It’s nice to finally get a fight.”
Preparing for a fight these days takes a bit of imagination. Parks are no longer just a place to enjoy picnics and watch the scenery. No, they have been turned into de facto training facilities for professional boxers. In the New York City area, passersby can sometimes find the hulking contender as he shadows boxes in prospect park as he prepares for his comeback fight.
“I’ve been doing a lot of training in the parks and at home. But for the past two months now I’ve been using a private gym. I have sparring and everything that I need, so I feel good for this fight. Kauffman is a veteran and he is a pretty good fighter. Ultimately, I think that my youth, speed and movement is going to be too much for him.”
Preparing to get punched in the face is a welcomed sight for the heavyweight contender. Slipping punches, getting a black eye and bloodied nose or scoring a knockout is something that he has grown accustomed to. Facing an invisible opponent however, such as COVID-19, was something that he had no prior experience doing.
Nevertheless, like most of his bouts, Wallin walked through his matchup with the deadly disease as the winner. And although it has claimed the lives of countless others, Wallin recalls his contest as a one sided affair in his favor.
“For me it wasn’t that bad at all. I woke up one day and had a little sore throat and felt a bit under the weather. I knew the recommendations were as soon as you feel anything to just stay home, so that’s what I did. It wasn’t very bad. I had a light fever and a cough but I started getting better. But then all of a sudden I lost all of my taste and smell. Thankfully, I ended up getting better again so it wasn’t that bad.”
Wallin’s bout with COVID-19 may have been a cake walk, but he is expecting his matchup against Travis Kauffman to be anything but. Other than his contest with Fury, Wallin has seldom found himself in a difficult scenario. Yet, whenever he did, the fans screaming his name from the bleachers always pulled him through.
This time around of course, the arena will be silent as fans continue to watch from the comfort of their homes due to the pandemic. It doesn’t make his fights any easier or much fun, but with or without fans, Wallin intends to get the job done on August 15th.
“I love fighting in front of fans of course. But I know that I want to get better and to get better I need fights. I need to stay busy and take what’s out there. I just need to go out there and handle business.”
Bernard Hopkins: “I Think Joshua Beats Tyson Fury by Late Knockout
By: Hans Themistode
Words such as strong, powerful and resilient were quickly replaced with fragile, overrated and over the hill.
The first set of words described current unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for the vast majority of his career. The second set came as a result of four knockdowns and an upset loss at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. in June of 2019.
Joshua, would of course dust himself off and step into the ring with Ruiz yet again six months later. The results the second time around were much different as Joshua boxed circles around his man.
With Ruiz now in his rearview mirror, Joshua has been linked to a contest with WBC belt holder Tyson Fury in the not so distant future. The loss to Ruiz may have revealed a few chinks in the muscular armor of Joshua, but for former two division world champion Bernard Hopkins, he believes that the loss to Ruiz will lead to a victory over Fury.
“I like Joshua to be tested in this fight,” said Hopkins to Sky Sports. “To get his feelings hurt early which might be a knockdown but he will get up. I believe that he learned lessons from being overconfident. He paid a big price but he redeemed himself. So now that he has the page in his memory of what not to do, I think Joshua beats Tyson Fury by late knockout. But it will be an interesting and exciting five or six rounds in the beginning. After that, Joshua’s boxing IQ and experience will overwhelm Tyson Fury. I like Joshua by late knockout.”
At only 30 years of age, Joshua has built up an impressive resume. Wins over Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, Andy Ruiz and Dillian Whyte have pushed Joshua to a multi year title reign. Conflate those aforementioned victories with the gold Olympic medal dangling around his neck from the 2012 London games, and Joshua has already scratched off most of the goals from his to do list.
Still, greatness is a word that Hopkins does not throw around lightly. With an undisputed title reign at 160 pounds, coupled with his record setting 20 title defenses, the newly inducted hall of famer knows a thing or two about greatness and how to achieve it.
In the case of Fury, Hopkins views him as the path that Joshua needs to take in order to achieve that status. The undefeated WBC belt holder is fresh off a one sided stoppage win against long reigning champion Deontay Wilder.
Their contest was built up to be one of the most competitive and hyped up matches in boxing history. However, Fury delivered a statement on the night as he knocked Wilder down twice before forcing his corner to throw in the towel.
To the hall of famer, Joshua can pick up any amount of wins that he wants. But in order to achieve greatness, only one contest will lead Joshua to that status.
“This fight is Joshua’s stamp of approval of being great, he isn’t there yet,” explained Hopkins. “But this one will get him in the conversation. This is a legacy builder. He has to make a real serious statement.”
Mauricio Sulaiman Addresses Daniel Kinahan Situation, Joshua vs Fury, and Much More on Boxing Insider Radio
For this week’s episode on Boxing Insider Radio, the crew welcomes WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman as he calls in to talk with our panel on some of the topics that have grabbed boxing by the throat over the past few days.
With Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury reportedly coming to an agreement for a two fight deal in 2021, how realistic is that contest? Also the man behind the deal in Daniel Kinahan finds himself in legal trouble due to his questionable past. Sulaiman gives his thoughts on the situation. How about Dillian Whyte? Where does WBC interim champion fit into the Heavyweight landscape? Sulaiman addresses it all and more on this weeks podcast.
For the first time in roughly four months, boxing fans had a smile on their face. They sat back and watched as COVID-19 took away their 2020 boxing schedule after a promising start. Thoughts of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3, Leo Santa Cruz vs Gervonta Davis and Canelo Alvarez vs Gennadiy Golovkin 3 all fell by the wayside.
Now, fans were given no choice but to enjoy the grotesque mismatches of Shakur Stevenson vs Felix Caraballo. The frown that accompanied the faces of fans grew to anger. But with one announcement, it was turned upside down.
Fans of the sport broke their chairs, smashed their telephones and screamed uncontrollably as unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) and WBC belt holder Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) informed the public that they agreed on a two fight showdown in 2021.
But things quickly became strange when the man behind the scenes who helped broker the deal in Daniel Kinahan, is said to have a hand in more than just boxing.
Drugs, illegal firearms sales and a long list of other crimes now accompany the name of Kianhan. Which in turn, makes Fury vs Joshua a moot point. Fans of the sport became confused as to what his alleged illegal associations meant for the biggest fight in quite some time. Joining fans in their confusion is WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. Much like the fans who read the headlines all across the Internet, a puzzled Sulaiman scratched his head.
“I have no idea,” admitted Sulaiman on Boxing Insider Radio. “Since we have had his pandemic, I have chosen to keep a very clean, mental health. And to do that, I avoid anything that creates anxiety. So I don’t really follow much of what goes on unless it’s something positive or inspires me. I choose not to listen to gossip or whatever is not official. I have followed very little. And I have no interest in getting involved in what is not for the betterment of the sport.”
Kinahan and his current legal troubles aren’t the only thing that is in the way of the mega showdown between Joshua and Fury though. While the rest of the world marks Joshua vs Fury and their collective calendars, Deontay Wilder paces back and forth in his palatial estate. Seething, fists clenched and smoke fuming from the top of his head. With a title reign that stretches five years and the most devastating right hand in boxing history. Wilder is incredulous to the conjecture of most counting him out of their upcoming third clash.
Sulaiman however, is not. The WBC President is quick to remind everyone that although he is unsure of when, their third contest will certainly happen.
“Right now we don’t know when boxing is going to resume for some specific fights such as the rematch between Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury. We don’t know if that fight will happen October, November, December, next year. We cannot control that. But for the WBC there is a legal contract that they signed for a third fight.”
Wilder and Fury of course, gave the fans one of the most dramatic heavyweight contests in history when they battled to a highly controversially draw in 2018. There was nothing contentious in their rematch however, this past February as Fury dropped Wilder twice before ultimately stopping him. One more contest now awaits both men. But while COVID-19 has made awaiting their third contest painfully difficult with no date set in stone, interim WBC titilst Dillian Whyte has been waiting even longer for his own shot at a world title.
It’s been five years since Whyte suffered his lone loss to Anthony Joshua. Since then, Lebron James added another NBA title to his resume, Jay-Z dropped the 4:44 album and Tom Brady grabbed two more Super Bowl titles to give him a grand total of six. During that span, Whyte hasn’t just sat back on his laurels either. He’s taken down three undefeated fighters, two former world champions and won every possible title eliminator thrown in his direction.
With everything completed on his end, Sulaiman believes that he cannot make the British born fighter wait any longer.
“For the WBC there is a mandatory title defense that the champion has to make. The mandatory challenger is the interim champion Dillian Whyte. He has the right to enforce his title shot after the Wilder vs Fury third fight. Fury vs Joshua is just speculation. They have both come out and said that they have a deal which is very good. But there are many things that must take place before it actually happens.”
Tyson Fury Tabbed as Early Favorite Against Both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder
By: Hans Themistode
When Tyson Fury made the claim that he was the best fighter in the world several years ago, he was met with laughs and smart remarks. Now however, there isn’t a smile in sight when those words are uttered.
If you’re looking for a seat at the table for a date with Fury in the coming years, it’s best that you take a rain check. The current WBC Heavyweight titlist has three candle lit dinners with some of the best fighters that the division has to offer in Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
A win in the sport of boxing is never guaranteed, but in the case of Fury, the betting market seems to believe that the outcome will be the same regardless whom he faces. Which is to say, Fury’s hand will be raised in victory while his opponent is either slumped over the bottom rope or left scratching their head trying to figure out what went wrong.
Believers in both Wilder and Joshua could rake in the big bucks if they side with either man as they’ve been given +175 and +275 odds respectively. Those looking for even better better numbers, can throw a few dollars on the chances of a draw. Whether fans decide to take the +2500 odds associated with Wilder vs Fury 3 or the +3000 odds linked to Joshua vs Fury, the outcome of a draw will leave bettors planning an early retirement.
With Fury becoming the man to beat in the division, it’s a position he isn’t familiar with. In his 2015 title fight against Wladimir Klitschko, Fury was expected to become victim number 23 on Klitschko’s long title reign. But at +350, someone cashed in big time as the British born big man won an ugly unanimous decision.
At +105 odds for his rematch with Wilder, Fury once again rewarded someone’s bank account with another stellar win. Now that he’s in the favored seat though, bettors could still cash in with him. Just not as much as they’ve grown accustomed to.
Wilder vs Fury 3 has a tentative date set for December of 2020 while Joshua will get his crack in back to back fights in 2021. Provided of course, Fury gets by Wilder again and Joshua takes care of his IBF mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury Reach Agreement For Two Fight Deal
By: Hans Themistode
The road to Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury seemed nonexistent roughly one year ago.
Joshua was fresh off a loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. that not only saw him lose his undefeated record, but also his three Heavyweight titles. Fury on the other hand, was coming off a split draw against Deontay Wilder and in their upcoming rematch, many predicted he would be kissing the canvas.
Fast forward one year later, and Joshua redeemed himself in his rematch with Ruiz. While Fury made it look easy against Wilder, stopping him in the seventh round. Now that they’ve established themselves as the best fighters in the division, they’ve reportedly agreed to settle the score on who deserves the top spot.
“We’re making great progress,” said promoter Eddie Hearn to Sky Sports News. “There is still a lot to overcome [but] are looking at venues and dates.”
The news of the deal might be music to the ears of boxing fans, but to Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte, he wants to hear none of it. The agreement between both champions are reported to be a two fight deal, which could push back Whyte’s championship hopes.
The British born fighter has been waiting for years for his crack at another world title. And although the news of Fury vs Joshua has left him fuming, Hearn doesn’t plan on skipping over him.
“We have the Dillian Whyte mandatory which is due before this fight,” said Hearn. “But it’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms of the fight. We’ve been talking to [Fury’s management team] MTK, giving them the assurances from Joshua’s side. All the details on the structure of the deal is approved from our side. And it is from Fury’s side, as well. We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight.”
Joshua vs Fury is quite possibly the biggest fight in British boxing history. With Joshua currently holding three world titles and Fury in possession of the remaining two in the WBC and Ring Magazine belts, the contest between them is going to be for all of the marbles.
Before the ink can dry on any deal between the two however, both men have their own obstacles to deal with. For Joshua, he currently has a date with IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev set for later on this year. Fury Alternatively, has a 6 ft 7 inch former champion with the hardest hitting right hand in boxing history according to most, standing in front of him in Deontay Wilder.
Any slip ups by either man could put an end to their matchup. Something that Hearn is well aware of.
“A lot to overcome in the meantime. We’re moving in the right direction. I’m confident that both guys have given their blessing for the fight to go ahead.”
Tyson Fury Believes Deontay Wilder Opting For Rematch Only For The Money
By: Hans Themistode
When Deontay Wilder was left on the opposite end of a stoppage loss at the hands of Tyson Fury on February 22nd, 2020, a rematch seemed to be out of the question. The contest between them was built up to be larger than life, but from a competitive standpoint, it fell short.
Wilder didn’t just take a hit to his undefeated record, but he also took one to his pride. Through 41 contests, the former WBC titlist had always found the mark with his right hand. This time however, he simply couldn’t find the target.
Nothing about their second contest was competitive, but then again, outside of two knockdowns in their first showdown in December of 2018, it wasn’t exactly close as well.
Still, Wilder was contractually owed a rematch and so, here we are. The chances of the former titlist might be slim according to most, but Fury believes that only matters if Wilder was actually looking to win the trilogy bout.
“There’s all these words about Joshua and the others but Deontay Wilder has his third fight to take,” Fury told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. “He’ll take the fight for one pure reason. And it’s called money. And there’s a lot of money on the table here and he’s got eight or nine kids to feed. So he’ll definitely take the rematch.”
To his credit, Wilder has always found success when facing the same opponent on multiple occasions. In 2015, Wilder was forced to go the distance for the first time in his career against Bermane Stiverne. Things were completely different the second time around two years later as he needed only one single round to get Stiverne out of there.
Wilder pulled off similar magic against Luis Ortiz. Stopping him in the tenth round in early 2018, but needing only seven rounds to get the job done in 2019.
His success in rematches coupled with his knockout power has Fury believing that although it is clearly a money grab from Wilder, that he still has a puncher’s chance.
“It’s heavyweight boxing, anything can happen especially with a dynamite puncher like Wilder.”
Tyson Fury on Anthony Joshua Showdown: “First Time I Connect, His Legs Will Do a Dance”
By: Hans Themistode
Tyson Fury isn’t just a boxer, apparently he is also a fortune teller.
In 2015, Fury told every and anyone who would listen that he was going to make it look easy against long standing Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Those who laughed though, were left shell shocked when Fury did exactly what he said he would do. Three years later, he told the world that he would box circles around Deontay Wilder. Outside of two knockdowns on the night, Fury did exactly what he said he would do once again. Fast forward two years to February of 2020, and Fury made his boldest prediction yet.
A win wasn’t good enough in his rematch with Wilder. No, he wanted his hand raised before the final bell. If you’ve been paying attention to the theme thus far, then you’ll know that he was right once again. Stopping Wilder in the seventh round. Now, with a perfect record not only in the ring, but also in his predictions, Fury is making another prognostication.
“I’ll knock him out around two to three rounds,” said Fury when asked how a fight with unified Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would play out. “First time I connect, his legs will do a dance. I’ll just jump on him like that fat kid [Andy Ruiz]. I’ll tell you what shot it’s gonna be, should I? ‘Left hook to the temple, you’re gonna see him do a Bambi dance all over the ring.”
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury would be a dream matchup for most boxing fans. However, COVID-19 isn’t the only reason why that contest won’t be happening anytime soon. Fury is currently wrapped up in a third and seemingly final fight with Wilder. Joshua on the other hand, has to get past IBF mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev.
But even if Joshua runs through Pulev and Fury gets rid of Wilder and health experts knockout COVID-19, Fury believes there could be another obstacle.
“Eddie Hearn talks a lot of hot air as usual. Have the guts to step up to the plate and get flattened, son. Give the fans what they want and stop running away from the biggest fight since Lennox [Lewis] fought Frank Bruno.”
Bob Arum See’s Muhammad Ali Struggling in Today’s Era
By: Hans Themistode
Promoter Bob Arum has always had a soft spot for the late great Muhammad Ali. But it now seems that current WBC Heavyweight titlist Tyson Fury has replaced him in that regard.
Arum has worked with some of the best fighters in boxing history over the course of his career. He’s gushed over the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Marvin Hagler and Manny Pacquiao but he has never heaped more praise on a single fighter more than he has for Muhammad Ali.
The credentials of the former multiple time Heavyweight champion speak for itself.
Wins over Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Ken Norton and Earnie Shavers coupled with his willingness to forfeit three years of his prime for social injustices, rightfully place Ali at the top of the list in terms of the Heavyweight G.O.A.T conversation.
A distinction that Arum would agree with once upon a time. But now, nearly 40 years since Ali last stepped inside of the squared circle, Arum is starting to second guess that thought.
“How would Ali have done with Fury? That’s a question I wrestle with. The Ali before the three-and-a-half years out was absolutely superb. Nobody could touch him, he was so fast. Ali was 6ft3in and the guys he fought were about the same size. How would he do against a 6ft9in guy who is an incredible boxer with great footwork?”
At 6 ft 3, Ali was considered a giant during the heart of his prime in the 60s and 70s. But compared to Deontay Wilder who stands at 6 ft 7 or the previously mentioned Fury who stands at 6 ft 9, Ali would be dwarfed if they fought today.
That, coupled with the completely different skill set of fighters today, Arum see’s the self proclaimed “Greatest of all Time” struggling big time with not just Fury, but all of the top Heavyweights in the game today.
“I can’t see Ali competing with a 6ft9in guy like Fury. We had big guys in the old days but they were slow, lumbering. They were jokes who couldn’t fight, they were just big. It’s all changing. Look at Fury, Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder. They are huge guys.”
David Haye Willing to Face Winner of Joshua vs Fury: “All my Injuries Have Healed Up’
By: Hans Themistode
David Haye is currently in the midst of his third retirement. But just like the previous two, He isn’t exactly ready to call it a career.
The former unified Cruiserweight champion and one time Heavyweight titlist, ended a four year hiatus to stop the unheralded Mark De Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj in 2016. That win streak however, along with Haye’s hopes for another title shot, ended quickly with back to back knockout losses to Tony Bellew in 2017 and 2018.
Since then, Haye decided to ride off into the sunset for seemingly one last time. But now, it looks as though he could change his mind. Nevertheless don’t expect him to make a return to the ring against a rising contender or a no name opponent. No, only the best of the best can make the man nicknamed “Hayemaker” return one more time.
“The only one that I would do it for is the winner of AJ and Tyson Fury because that would be No1 vs No1,” said Haye in an interview with Behind The Gloves. “That’s probably the only one, but not really. It’s a lot to go through.”
Over the course of Haye’s career, he spent the vast majority of it hurt. Injuries to his bicep, a torn achilles and most notably an injured toe hampered him for long stretches. But now, as is often the case with retired fighters, Haye feels rejuvenated and better than ever.
“I got my body in a good place right now, and I’m in a good place. All my injuries have healed up. There’s been no hardcore training. I’ve been at home with my weights. I’ve enjoyed this time where the intensity has been taken from a ten to a three. Everyone thinks I train super, super hard. Not really. I probably train between half an hour to 45-minute every day, but I have a nice routine.”
“I’m not training for an athletic performance. I’m training for vanity. When I watch fights now, I think ‘I’d slip this jab, I’d do this and do that.’ That’s the slippery slope when your brain starts going like that.”
It’s hard to get the 2018 version of Haye out of the minds of fans. He was slow, unathletic, lethargic and a shell of his former self. It’s difficult to imagine that version of Haye standing a chance against Joshua, Fury or any top ten Heavyweight.
At one point, Haye had it all. He possessed the power, speed and finesse to give anyone in the Heavyweight division fits. But even if he could get his hands on a time machine and reach back to his old championship caliber self, Haye isn’t 100% sure it would be enough.
“I remember watching Anthony Joshua when he [recently] fought Andy Ruiz, and I thought, ‘Damn, that would be very, very difficult to beat,” said Haye. “Even on my best day, that version of him [Joshua] that is boxing, and light on his feet, he’s ready and fearful as well,’ that’s hard to beat.”
“I thought the same thing when I saw Tyson Fury fight Wilder. I’m watching, and I’m like, ‘That guy [Fury] is a hard guy to beat.’ So those are the two performances I’ve seen since I’ve been retired where I watched it and gone, ‘That would have been a hard work, no matter what version of me that was.’