Although it looks as though Tyson Fury will definitely have the blockbuster third fight with Deontay Wilder, filled with such confidence that he’ll beat the American again, the Gypsy King is already looking ahead to his next rival.

Earlier this year, Fury revealed via social networks that providing he beats Wilder in the trilogy bout, a deal for two fights against Anthony Joshua has provisionally been agreed for 2021. Provisionally, because Joshua must also successfully defeat Kubrat Pulev, if the long-awaited “Battle of Britain” is to go ahead next year.


Quite by coincidence, apparently, Joshua was casually taking a seaside stroll in Marbella recently, when Fury rolled by in his car and stopped for a chat. The two boxers are currently in the Spanish resort, preparing for their respective title defences later this year. Fury and Joshua shared pleasantries according to the Sun, wishing each other well and looking forward to their own eagerly anticipated encounter in the ring.

In the words of promoter Eddie Hearn, who gave a little more detail about what was said, Fury encouraged Joshua to “make sure you beat Kubrat Pulev” in his next fight. Responding in kind, Joshua told Fury to “make sure you beat Deontay Wilder” and as Hearn observed, “they both said, ‘I will, and I’ll see you next year.’”

 

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While dates for the final act of the trilogy fight between Fury and Wilder have yet to be fixed, having originally being planned for July this year, the latest boxing betting odds have Fury as 2/7 favourite to reign supreme yet again. At present, negotiations are still ongoing as to when this fight will go ahead, although December 2020 or January 2021 are the most likely options.

Meanwhile, Joshua’s mandatory title defence against Pulev is now expected to go ahead later this year. Originally scheduled to be held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June, TalkSport recently spoke with promoter Eddie Hearn, who explained that both camps are now looking at November or December this year instead. There will also be a change of venue, with the O2 Arena in London being touted as the ideal location.

Of course, there are numerous sporting and administrative obstacles to overcome first. Fury must beat Wilder and Joshua must beat Pulev, because those outcomes form the very basis of their own verbally agreed two-fight encounters next year. What’s more, given their proposed bouts would present a unique opportunity to unify all the major heavyweight titles, all the boxing organisations involved would also have to agree.

Each organisation has their own agenda, which includes mandatory challengers. They could choose to strip Fury and Joshua of their titles if they choose to press ahead with their planned bouts. However, there is hope that some common sense will prevail because these are the kind of fights that punters around the world are keen to see, especially with the chance of unifying all the major belts.

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