Although Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has been openly salivating over the thought of staging an undisputed heavyweight title unification between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, don’t count on it happening anytime soon.
Following his devastating stoppage loss to Fury in their rematch, Deontay Wilder exercised a contractual right to a third fight against Fury, despite Hearn hoping to slide Joshua in front of Wilder. Wilder could theoretically accept some step-aside money to allow Fury-Joshua to take place, but to this point there’s been absolutely no indication that he’s willing to do so.
Top Rank president Todd DuBoef tells Sky Sports that he’s received no communication that Wilder stepping aside for Joshua is even a consideration at this point, and considering all the uncertainty with regards to coronavirus and the boxing schedule going forward, it’s just not at all on his radar.
”There is too much uncertainty across the board, with everything, to speculate on [Joshua vs Fury] happening. In a perfect world without this virus then I could possibly see a path [to Joshua vs Fury] but right now I don’t see it.
“The wheels are in motion [for Fury and Wilder’s third fight], we’ve put our flag in the ground for a date hoping that between now and then, the dust will have settled and we are all working to a system that is tested and proved.”
So for as much as Hearn, Joshua, and whichever fans are clamoring for Joshua to get in the ring with Fury next, don’t count on it.