WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says his highly-anticipated fight with British arch rival Anthony Joshua is still far from being finalized.
Fury and Joshua really want to face each other but the issue of the coronavirus pandemic has made negotiations even more difficult.
Fury told ESPN, “They’ve had a full year to make something happen, and it hasn’t happened as of yet. We’re no further forward today than we were a year ago. The way COVID-19 is at the moment, I don’t think it has got much to do with the fight. It’s to do with the venue, date, place, site fees. It’s to do with everything but the fight itself.”
According to Punch, even if the fight does get arranged for 2021, Fury admits his long period of inactivity is a major concern. His last fight was against Deontay Wilder which was a year ago this week as a second rematch for December did not happen.
“It was just a big mess-up. I should have boxed, because I’ve been so inactive. I’ve been out for over a year,” he added.
“By the time I fight again, looking at maybe June if this Joshua fight happens, that will be a year and six months out of the ring, which is not ideal preparation for any super fight.
“If that fight doesn’t happen this summer, it’s got to happen sooner or later but promoter Top Rank has to give me two fights this year.
“I don’t care who it is. If it’s not Joshua, we’re looking to fight in April or early May, and the end of the year. If it is Joshua, then June and the end of the year, so 2021 is looking bright.”
However, there are speculations that Swedish boxer Otto Wallin has joined Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as “elite heavyweights” and will make “scary” progress towards a world title fight, says promoter Dmitriy Salita.
The Swedish boxer produced one of the finest performance of his career last weekend, sealing a dominant points win over Dominic Breazeale, who had only previously been beaten by Joshua and Deontay Wilder.