WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury might be currently scheduled for his third fight against Deontay Wilder in October while Anthony Joshua takes on Oleksandr Usyk in a mandatory defense, but Fury’s Top Rank promoter Bob Arum tells Sky Sports that the much anticipated fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua is obviously still attainable in the coming year.
Arum would specifically say he’s not guaranteeing the fight takes place at the top of 2022 as Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested, but he does believes the British fight fans deserve this fight in particular and that it would be shame to see it land elsewhere.
“My hope is that the fight goes to the UK,” he said. “I don’t care what the money is. Both fighters owe the UK fans this tremendous event at Wembley or Cardiff, rather than taking it to a foreign country.”
At that point Arum said he’s disinterested in any mandatory obligations from either fighter should they both get past their upcoming bouts and that Fury-Joshua can be made again quite easily since there was nothing standing in the way of their previous agreement (except for that pesky arbitration order that forced Fury into facing Wilder next).
“Fury vs Joshua is the fight that people want to see. Period. End of story. That is an easy fight to make. It is not a hard fight to make. We had the fight rolling. The central elements had been taken care of. There were no problems, really, on the deal.”
Obviously, despite how all well and good this sounds, a lot can happen between now and 2022. It’s certainly possible that either Fury or Joshua lose their upcoming bouts, or both them, and who knows what each sanctioning body might order to follow. For now all we can do is wait and hope that an undisputed heavyweight title unification comes to pass.