Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury will perform if both win next fights, says Frank Warren
|Place: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Dated: saturday 25 september|
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Tyson Fury co-promoter Frank Warren is confident that an all-British undisputed heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua will take place.
But he added that the two fighters “will go where the money is” when it comes to deciding where they meet.
Warren is hoping Joshua will successfully defend his belts against Oleksandr Usyk in London on Saturday.
“Let’s keep our fingers crossed. I’ll be cheering on Anthony Joshua like crazy, as will Tyson,” Warren said.
“We want the fight.”
Joshua, 31, defends his WBA (Super), IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Ukrainian Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Fury, 33, will then face his third fight with Deontay Wilder next month in Las Vegas – the fight that forced initial plans for a clash with Joshua to be scrapped.
But Warren remains optimistic about the meeting of the two Britons.
“I have no doubts that it will happen if Joshua and Tyson win their respective fights, yes definitely,” he told BBC Sport.
“That will be the problem, winning their fights. Hopefully nothing goes wrong. They are big guys, big heavyweights – anything can happen.”
Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn said last summer that a two-fight deal with Fury had been agreed, and then cited August 14 as the date to meet – but those plans had to be put on hold due to a challenge from American Wilder.
The former WBC champion has argued he is still entitled to a third contract fight against Fury, whose team believed his rematch clause had expired.
Their third fight, originally scheduled for July 2020, has been postponed due to the Covid pandemic – but a referee in the United States has ruled that Wilder still has the right to fight.
“We couldn’t sign anything until the arbitration was over,” Warren said of the talks breaking down on the initial plans for a Joshua-Fury fight.
Joshua and his promoter Hearn blamed Fury’s team for the delay in the fight. But Warren now believes that if the pair win their respective fights, an undisputed clash could occur as early as February as part of a two-fight deal.
“In the worst case scenario, only one of the fights will be in the UK,” he said, with Saudi Arabia remaining the favorites to host the other Fury-Joshua fight.
“The truth of what’s going to happen is that two fighters will be watching the outcome.
“Wherever the main thing is, whether it’s Saudi Arabia, Wembley or the moon, that’s where they’ll go. They’ll go where the money is. No matter what others say. “
No British fighter has ever faced each other in an undisputed heavyweight showdown – and fans are desperate to see the two meet at Wembley Stadium.
But Warren said there could still be a major hurdle when the parties meet again for negotiations – television rights.
Hearn has moved boxers from Matchroom to U.S. streaming service DAZN – Joshua is not part of that deal at the moment. However, the fighter is coming to the end of his contract with Sky Sports, with Usyk being his final opponent under that deal.
Warren said: “The obstacle that will remain is, what is AJ going to do after the fight? Is he going to stay with Sky or is he going to go with DAZN?
“If he stays with Sky, the fact that Tyson has commitments to BT, I don’t think they’ll be a problem with joint promotion. If he goes with DAZN, a streaming service right now, who knows. what will happen or what complications there might be?
“It’s not that simple, but it’s something that should be fixed very, very quickly.
“We have to sort out all these things, get everyone to shut up, make the deal, and then announce it.”