In another twist in the Hollywood-esque heavyweight division, Anthony Joshua has just accepted an offer (in principle) to fight Tyson Fury this year.
Today we reported that Tyson Fury had called AJ out for a scrap ‘in the next few months’, following the news that Oleksandr Usyk wouldn’t meet him in the ring for the undisputed crown until 2023. Fury followed up with some more prods at Joshua, who is just two weeks out from a defeat to the Ukrainian champ.
Me sat waiting on @anthonyjoshua to take the Battle of Britain pic.twitter.com/0Of1UsUsYw
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) September 5, 2022
It’s unclear if ‘The Gypsy King’ ever considered that the challenge would be accepted, but that’s exactly what happened. AJ responded to Tyson’s tweet at 9:35PM.
“Yea calm. I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if your really about it shout 258 MGT [AJ’s management company]. I’ll be ready in December. Khalas.”
Yea calm. I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if your really about it shout @258mgt. I’ll be ready in December. Khalas https://t.co/kKCWdrlmol
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) September 5, 2022
As of the time of writing, Fury hasn’t responded – although it’s surely on its way. Is this desire to fight from both worth reading into? Knowing boxing, probably not yet – but it’s certainly one more tentative step towards a battle for Britain.
In defence of its potential, Fury wants to fight, and he’s been told in no uncertain terms by Usyk that undisputed will have to wait. In AJ’s corner, there wouldn’t be a bigger comeback than facing ‘The Gypsy King.’ He has no belts to lose, and his team has expressed a strong desire for him to fight more often. On top of that, it’s a bonafide super-fight that would likely break records, so that helps.
However, the potential list of reasons the fight won’t happen is long and, pairing it with the memory of the two agreeing to a fight at the beginning of the year only for it to fall through, means this back and forth is likely to remain on the internet.
Still, if the two are ready and willing then the fight’s closer than it was yesterday – and boxing fans can’t be blamed for allowing a little optimism now and again.