Anthony Joshua wowed the boxing world with his stunning stoppage victory over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night in the eleventh round, and talk immediately turned to when he would face undefeated former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in the ring.
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Tyson Fury’s troubles are well documented – although it seems like he might be on the mend now – but promoter Eddie Hearn has announced that it’s going to be a pretty long time before we’ve any hope of seeing a fight between him and Joshua. Writing in his Daily Mail column, he said the following:
Believe me when I say that there is nothing that I or AJ would want more than to see Tyson back in the ring, but it won’t be next – Tyson just won’t be ready.
Physically he is not at the races and he has a lot to resolve in terms of his doping hearing and getting his licence back. Those have to be sorted before we can make anything happen.
If they do get sorted, then it is a huge option for us in the short to mid-term future. We all know that AJ would love that fight.
As it stands, I think the best chance of a Fury fight is April 2018, at Wembley. That depends on a successful defence in October or November and everything falling into place for Fury. If it does, that will be another incredible night for an incredible fighter.
Rest assured, if we can make it happen, we will make it happen. One thing I can promise you is that this young man has changed the face of boxing and I for one cannot wait for the future.
Well, only a year or so to wait. In the meantime, Joshua’s next opponent in October/November could be anyone from WBC champion Deontay Wilder, WBO champ Joseph Parker, or one of the mandatory challengers for his current belts, Luis Ortiz and Kubrat Pulev. Tyson Fury is the one we want though, so let’s hope he can sort himself out and get back into the ring soon.
For more Tyson Fury, check him out recently trying to prove his strength and completely flopping it. Sad.