The Uncertain Fate of Tyson Fury’s WBC Belt
According to a report from talkSPORT, Tyson Fury could potentially be facing Anthony Joshua next. The ‘Gypsy King’ is already set to fight former UFC titleholder Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Saudi Arabia. Surprisingly, his WBC heavyweight belt won’t be at stake in this bout. This was confirmed during a press conference last week where both fighters met.
The Aspirations and Obstacles for Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua, on the other hand, has been seeking to fight Deontay Wilder since he KOd Helenius in August. Plans were in place for Joshua to perhaps become the first four-belt champion in heavyweight history by taking on WBA, WBO, and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk. However, due to a recent update in the WBC rankings, Deontay Wilder has been placed as Fury’s number one contender, pushing Joshua to second place and demoting Andy Ruiz to fifth.
The Stakes of a Joshua-Wilder Fight
What this essentially means is that if Joshua and Wilder finally get to the ring, they’ll be facing off in a final eliminator to decide who gets a shot at Fury’s WBC title next. According to a report from the Daily Star, if Fury refuses to face the winner, he risks being stripped of his title.
Roadblocks to Joshua-Wilder Bout
Unfortunately, the fight between Joshua and Wilder is at risk of falling apart. A recent update from boxing promoter Eddie Hearn indicates a shift in the power dynamics concerning big boxing bouts in Saudi Arabia, and this has left the Joshua vs Wilder fight in a precarious state. “Everybody has agreed to terms, but until the money is put in place, the fight’s not happening,” said Hearn.
Tyson Fury’s Unfiltered Opinions
In a separate interview, WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury shared his thoughts on the highly anticipated showdown between Joshua and Wilder, expected to take place in early 2024. Fury, who has defeated Wilder twice, was blunt in his assessment of the two fighters: “Both p***ies, both losers.” Although he didn’t pick a winner this time, he had previously stated that Joshua would get ‘chinned’.
The Future of Heavyweight Boxing
With so many variables at play, the heavyweight boxing landscape is more uncertain than ever. Although Hearn remains focused on making the Joshua-Wilder fight happen, he hasn’t ruled out Joshua fighting someone else in December if a deal isn’t concluded soon. Given these complex dynamics, it’s safe to say that the world of heavyweight boxing is in a state of flux, and anything could happen in the coming months.