Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua set terms and agree date for ‘long-awaited’ showdown
AJ-Fury might be actually be happening. For real this time. We hope...
After being talked about for years and called off on multiple occasions, it looks the Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury might finally be happening.
Anybody else getting déjà vu?
The future of the long-awaited, all-British bout had been cast into uncertainty ever since a cancellation in the eleventh hour back in August 2021, however, it looks as though there might have been another breakthrough.
Tweeting on Tuesday, 13 September, Joshua’s management company 258 MGT and promoters Matchroom Boxing confirmed that they had ‘accepted all terms presented to us by Fury’s team for a fight Dec 3rd last Friday.
As the post goes on to explain, the announcement was delayed due to the Queen’s death despite an agreement being reached last Friday (9 September).
Moreover, Fury’s representative Frank Warren – who had already downplayed his supposed retirement by insisting a heavyweight unification fight against Oleksandr Usyk ‘will be made’ – responded a short while later, stating that the ‘contract will be with you very soon’.
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It looked more doubtful than ever that AJ-Fury would ever materialise again after the former lost his rematch against Usyk in August and the ‘Gypsy King’ bid ‘bon voyage’ to the sport following his victory against Dillian Whyte back in April.
It was only last month that the 34-year-old shared the tragic news that his cousin Rico Burton had been killed in a ‘senseless’ stabbing in Altrincham.
Having used his fight career to advocate for causes such as mental health, Fury will no doubt be looking to raise similar awareness for better knife control across the UK as he looks set to return to the ring once again.
The last AJ-Fury date was due to take place overseas in Saudi Arabia and although his previous fight was held at a sold-out Wembley, it is looking increasingly likely that the match-up with be hosted at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
The Welsh national stadium has a capacity of nearly 75,000 and was also where Joshua successfully unified the world heavyweight titles by beating Joseph Parker in 2018.
It’s all set up for a photo finish – here’s hoping there’s no last-minute drama this time.
Featured Image – Tyson Fury (via Twitter)