Anthony Joshua’s fight against Tyson Fury is unlikely to take place in the UK, Frank Warren admits, as he insists increasing Covid cases could thwart the search for a location… but hopes the virus will be ‘beaten’ when negotiations resume to start
- Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury hope to meet in 2022
- The British world champions saw their battle plans fall this summer
- Promoter Frank Warren Says Mega Fight Venue Relies On Covid
- Both fighters must first defeat Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua’s mega fight against Tyson Fury will depend on the future of the Covid pandemic, admits promoter Frank Warren – who has cast doubt on the first fight that took place in the UK.
Joshua and Fury were poised to face one of the biggest fights in British boxing history this summer before it was dramatically scrapped – with a court arbitration ruling that the Gypsy King must first take on Deontay Wilder for a third time.
Now Joshua has moved on to Oleksandr Usyk – who he will meet at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, with boxing fans hoping he and Fury get through their next fights to set up the all-British undisputed match.
Anthony Joshua’s fight against Tyson Fury probably won’t take place in the UK, says Frank Warren
Frank Warren fears increasing cases of the virus could frustrate both sides as they look for a location
Warren has discussed the potential fight and where it could be staged – with the original event to be held in Saudi Arabia.
The fastest it could take place in 2022, and the promoter believes increasing Covid cases will make finding a location difficult, especially in the UK.
“Nobody can predict what will happen with COVID,” he told talkSport.
“If you consider what has happened in the past few days, we have had a situation where the numbers are rising.
“We are going to winter, unless we go to Cardiff and put the roof on there is no other stadium you can fight against in winter.
Fury has been forced to take on Deontay Wilder first, but fight has been postponed to October after he tested positive for Covid
“They anticipate that COVID will be strong this winter, they say.
“It keeps changing and evolving, half of Australia just shut down. Israel, where everyone looked at and said ‘look how well they’re doing’, they’ve had massive cases there again.”
He said both sides would “go with the flow” if Joshua and Fury both win their next fights, and hopes the virus will be “beaten” by the time negotiations start again.
“It happens everywhere,” he added. What ultimately has to happen is that we have to go with the flow and take advantage of what’s around as the two guys fight.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium (pictured) is the only venue in the UK to host the undisputed match
“Hopefully by the time the guys fight the COVID thing is over and we’re in a much safer place and can see what our options are.
“First of all, the boys have to win their fights, Joe (Joyce) has to win his fight. Everyone has to win their battle.
“Anything can happen with these big boys. One blow, bang and it’s all over. I’ve seen that happen.’
Team Fury has been hit hard by Covid after their fighter himself tested positive, delaying his fight against Wilder until October.
Speaking to Sportsmail, Fury said he was not responsible for picking up the virus, which has spread throughout his team.
Boxing fans will be hopeful Fury (right) can get through his fight against Wilderer
Anthony Joshua will defend his four heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk
“I’m the last person to be blamed,” Fury says. ‘I don’t have a big entourage, unlike most world champions with all their ass licking pendants on. Since returning to camp full-time, I hadn’t been anywhere but my new home here and the Top Rank gym. Neither does my team.
“The only people whose movements I couldn’t fully control were my sparring partners, who change. They came in and out of the bubble and everyone knows this city is full of Covid. I guess we got it from one of them.’
The winner of a fight between Joshua and Fury would face Joe Joyce, who will face Carlos Takam this weekend.