Anthony Joshua’s highly anticipated showdown against Tyson Fury could reportedly be scheduled for next year.
The British heavyweight duo should face this year before a US court ruling ordered The Gypsy King to meet Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight, set to take place next month.
Unified champion Joshua – forced to wait to meet Fury as a result – meanwhile faces Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
Anthony Joshua’s highly anticipated showdown against Tyson Fury could reportedly be inked for next year
The British heavyweight duo were set to meet before Fury (L) was tasked with meeting Deontay Wilder (R) for a trilogy fight
And according to the Evening StandardShould both British fighters win their fights, talks could intensify over possibly the richest fight in boxing history.
The report adds that estimates suggest the fight could be worth as much as £200 million, and Wembley Stadium – a 90,000 capacity ground – is seen as the only realistic venue in the UK for the clash.
The outlet adds that the other fight in the double-header is increasingly likely to take place in Saudi Arabia.
But while next year’s potential double-header may appear way off the calendar, it hasn’t stopped the duo from firing on each other.
Meanwhile, Joshua faces Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday
Joshua – who along with promoter Eddie Hearn was left furious after Fury canceled this year’s scheduled fights – insists he expects further delays in his ravishing showdown against.
“He’s someone who withdraws from fights, even with the Wilder situation coming up,” Joshua said. ‘We’ll see him soon. We’ll be here waiting when everyone’s ready.’
With the prospect of meeting Fury next, Joshua added: “You know what an honor it would be to fight Tyson, get another good fighter on the plate, beat him, we’re moving forward. I would love that opportunity.
“We were almost on it. We were gone for a few weeks and, boom, it came to an end. We’re going for it… I’m sure.’
WBC champion Fury then responded to Gary Neville’s Overlap show, accusing Joshua of only fighting rivals who were good ’10 years ago’
Wembley Stadium is seen as the only realistic venue for the Fury-Joshua clash in the UK
“Anthony Joshua’s didn’t fight one heavyweight in his prime,” he said.
“They’re all former good men, in the early 2000s, late 2000s, but not in 2020. They were good men 10 years ago.”
And while the war of words continues, both have more pressing concerns, with Joshua defending his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles in one of the toughest tests of his career against Usyk in north London.
Joshua, 31, is back in the ring for the first time since being installed as the bookmakers’ favorite to triumph in North London last December.
But Usyk, an Olympic gold medalist and former cruiserweight champion, has yet to taste defeat like a pro, and Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has predicted a shock if the Ukrainian shows up on Saturday.
Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles when he meets Usyk in north London
Fury recently revealed his dream for the next five fights, including a Joshua double-header, after beating Wilder and then Dillian Whyte in December.
However, Fury insisted he doesn’t think there will ever be a fight between the pair, and insisted Joshua and his team knew all about the arbitration case.
“I was never optimistic about AJ’s happening,” Fury said. “This always happened in the background and they all knew it.
‘Eddie Hearn knew it, Joshua knew it – they all knew it. Suddenly it’s my fault, because I’m as***house, please.’
He continued: ‘I don’t think the fight will take place. We’ve been trying to fight this fight since we were 22 years old and I’m 33 now.”
Fury recently revealed his dream for the next five fights, including a Joshua double-header