Promoter Frank Warren confirms to ESPN that talks to stage the undisputed heavyweight unification between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua continues to progress, with very little standing in the way of the fight at this point. In fact, Warren doesn’t think anything will get in the way of the fight right now, expecting the fight to take place sometime between May-June of this year.
“We will see it this year, we are at a stage where we are not far off getting it done and announcing it. There’s a will to make it work. No contracts have been exchanged, we are looking at getting a draft. There are a few venues but nothing concrete at the moment. I very much doubt it will be in the UK because of COVID, and it will be a two-fight contract.”
All parties seem extremely confident Fury’s ongoing arbitration with Deontay Wilder for a third fight between them won’t be a problem despite not yet reaching a resolution. Oleksandr Usyk — Joshua’s WBO mandatory challenger — also doesn’t look like he’ll stand in the way, with reports that he’s in negotiations to face Joe Joyce for an interim title.
In the meanwhile, representatives for both Fury and Joshua continue to hammer out the fine details for a two-fight deal between them. The Middle East has emerged as a likely landing place for the first fight due to the current COVID situation in the United Kingdom and the huge site fee that is being offered.
Wherever this fight needs to take place, let’s make it happen for the sake of boxing fans. Time to get this deal over the line.