Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua: heavyweight boxers sign two-fight deal - when will fight date be confirmed?
Joshua and Fury’s fight could be in doubt if Wilder calls for a third bout with Fury, after a US judge said he had the right to another rematch
A date has now been set for the highly anticipated fight between boxing legends Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, but the fight could be in doubt.
The opponents are due to fight in a bid to earn the title of the undisputed world champion heavyweight boxer, but US boxer Deontay Wilder has won a court order for Fury to box him for a third time.
So, will the all-British title fight take place and what have the boxers said about the biggest match of their careers? This is what we know so far.
When will Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury fight?
Fury told his Twitter followers the fight will take place in Saudi Arabia, on 14 August, prior to being ordered to fight Wilder again.
In a video he posted on 16 May, he said: "I have got some massive news. I have just got off the phone with Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia and he told me this fight is 100% on, August 14th, 2021."
He added in the caption that is was “The worlds biggest sporting event, all eyes on us.”
Joshua told Sky Sports in March that he didn’t care where the fight took place as long as it went ahead, he said: "Any option. Home turf, Middle East, my back garden, your back garden. I don't mind where it is.
"I'm just ready to fight. I want that belt. I want to compete with Fury so all options are open to me."
The boxing champions will contest all four world heavyweight titles for the first time in the sport's history.
Why has Fury to fight Wilder again?
Joshua and Fury’s highly anticipated fight night was brought about after Fury’s win against Deontay Wilder in a rematch for the WBC heavyweight title in February 2020.
Fury initially challenged Deontay Wilder in late 2018 for the WBC heavyweight title but the match was controversially scored as a draw, with Fury’s supporters claiming he was the clear winner.
In the rematch in February last year, he dominated the fight and won with a technical knockout in the seventh round.
Fury, from Manchester, is now the defending champion and has been training with former Detroit police officer, American Sugarhill Steward, having previously been coached by Ben Davison and in the beginning of his career he was trained by his uncle, Peter Fury.
He was meant to take on Wilder in a second rematch with Wilder, but Covid delays drew this to a halt and Fury attempted to mediate an alternative.
On Monday, 17 May, just one day after Fury confirmed his historic fight with Joshua, US judge Daniel Weinstein ruled in mediation that Wilder has a right to face Fury for a third time before 15 September.
Wilder’s team have been calling for the rematch for some time.
Fury's US promoters Top Rank have not commented on the decision, and it does not necessarily mean that the Tyson-Fury bout can’t take place.
If Wilder accepts a cash sum, he could be drop his attempts for another Fury rematch.
What has Fury and Joshua said about the upcoming fight?
Joshua versus Fury will be the first time in heavyweight history where all four world titles are up for grabs.
Joshua currently holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, he retained his belts last December with a ninth-round knockout of challenger Kubrat Pulev.
In the Twitter video, Fury added: "I cannot wait, repeat, cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all time. This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet Earth. Do not miss it. All eyes on us. See you all in Saudi."
The confirmation by ‘Gypsy King’ Fury is thought to have been spurred on by an aimed Tweet from Joshua on 10 May, where he tagged Fury and told him “Less talk. More action!”
He wrote: "'Spartan'. I'm tired. My fans are tired. Your fans are tired. We're all tired of the talk. Less talk. More action! @Tyson_Fury."
Fury replied: "Are you ready for a war? Working hard to give the fans a big KO!"
Have they fought each other before?
The pair have never fought before, but this upcoming fight is thought to have been on the cards for a long time.
Joshua told Behind the Gloves in August 2020: “Tyson will call me randomly on the phone and he will be like, 'have a little laugh and I will have a little laugh'.
“Then I will say ‘I’m going to knock you out’, then he will say ‘shut up I’ll knock you out’.
“That’s just me and Tyson, through and though the respect's there but we’re fighting men."
He added that they “are not friends but there’s a mutual respect there”.
Joshua and Fury came face-to-face in Marbella in July last year, while both were on holiday, but their meeting in the ring could be somewhat more tense.
Will the fight be televised?
It is thought that it will be televised for viewers in the UK.
Promoters for both fighters are keen for the fight to have a crowd, though it is not known yet which broadcaster will show the fight or if an audience will be allowed to attend.