ESPN Boxing Insider Mike Coppinger has dampened hopes of a fight between British heavyweight duo, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
In an interview with iFL TV, Coppinger spoke about the magnitude of the fight, claiming it to be ‘way bigger’ than Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford. But it was for this reason that he is unconvinced that we will see the two superstars clash in December, believing there is not enough time to organise and promote such an event.
“Definitely not on yet, I think it’s possible it happens, I think there is a better chance we get Spence-Crawford, where there are issues in the contract. But with Fury-Joshua, they haven’t even got to that part yet.
The purse split is a big obstacle to overcome, and they did that with Fury and Joshua, but there’s not a lot of time to promote a fight of that magnitude. It’s a way bigger fight than Spence-Crawford when you consider how big it is going to be in the U.K.”
Despite his doubts, Coppinger is still has hopes that the fight could happen, it just might take longer than we think. The ESPN reporter points out that Fury’s recent contradictions and Joshua’s, almost too quick, decision to take the fight do make it seem all too good to be true.
“I think there is a lot to get done and Fury has proven that he might change his mind and decide he doesn’t want the fight anymore. Maybe he just says he will fight Usyk next year. Maybe Joshua changes his mind. I’m optimistic, but I’m not ready to say that we are there yet, at all.”
British boxing fans will have everything crossed that the fight does happen in Cardiff on December 3rd.