Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury will happen in late 2022 or early next year

by Barry Holbrook: Eddie Hearn believes that a delicious heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will happen in late 2022 or early next year.

Hearn says the fight is too huge to be put off any longer, and he wants to get it done as quickly as possible. Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) has a title defense that should get out of the way first against Dillian Whyte in late March or April.

Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) activated a rematch clause to face IBF/WBA/WBO Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk in April or May in the UK. He will face Joshua Fury for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship in late 2022, with all four belts on the line if all goes as planned.

Even if Fury or Joshua lose their next fight, they could still meet in late 2022 or early 2023; It would be pointless for him to face Joshua Usek again if he was beaten in a rematch. It would be categorical that Usik (19-0, 13 knockouts) is too good for Joshua at that point, and it would be a pity to put himself in a third fight.

Joshua vs Usyek in April or May

“I expect that fight will take place in April, early May,Hearn said on the DAZN Boxing Show when Joshua, 32, faces IBF/WBA/WBO Heavyweight Champion Joshua Usyk in a rematch.

Alexander Usek, Anthony Joshua, boxing Tyson Fury photo and news photo

“I expect this fight will take place in the UK. I spoke to Alex Krasiouk [Usyk’s promoter] last week.

Usik, 35, will have to travel again to the UK to accommodate Joshua’s choice to stay at home. Hopefully they don’t shy away from the most important money abroad by keeping it in the UK.

Joshua can no longer afford another loss at this point in his career, and continuing to fight in the UK will help him avoid that.

Joshua emerges from a disappointing loss to undisputed welterweight champion Usek on September 25 at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London.

In June 2019, Joshua was upset again in his seventh-round knockout defeat against alternate opponent Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York.

So, by selecting Hearn to stage the Joshua-Usyk II rematch in the UK, he could give AJ the boost he needs to win.

There’s no guarantee, though, as Usyk seemed completely comfortable fighting in front of Joshua fans last September in London.

With Usyk’s extensive abyss background, he’s used to traveling for his fights, so he wouldn’t bother fighting in the UK for a rematch. Hearn feels Joshua could get a boost from the crowd in his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.

In that fight, the crowd helped Joshua win because their encouragement in round 10 was what he needed to get his second winds to come in and stop Vladimir in round 11.

If Fury loses to Whyte, he will need an immediate rematch if he loses to him in March or April. Given that this is a mandatory defense, Whyte may choose to go ahead and face the winner of Joshua vs. Usyk.

Fury won’t walk away from a loss without immediately trying to avenge it, as Joshua does with Usyk. Unfortunately, this will delay Joshua’s fight against Fury until the first half of 2023, but as the saying goes, “Better late than no.”

Hearn promises it will happen to Joshua in exchange for rage

“I think the AJ-Fury fight is still the fight. This is the fight people still want to see and it will always be there. The bigger the better,” Hearn said.

“This fight, I promise, will happen, whether it be late this year or early next; fury Vs AJ is dead testimonial because it’s too big No fight. “

It would be a shame for one of the two fighters to take losses when they meet this year or next. There is a good chance that Joshua will lose his match again to Usyk, which will take away much of the interest in the fight against Fury.

The battle of Joshua vs. A huge fury could happen, but it would be under a dark cloud. Hearn wants to end the fight before the two start ripping them off one by one.

Fury barely succeeded in his last fight against the Deontay Wilder in October, and couldn’t risk taking one of the younger guns like Frank Sanchez, Tony Yoka or Filip Hrgovic.


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