The much-anticipated fight between Fury and Joshua will have to wait, as both men sign to fight different men this summer
Last week was the Fury and Wilder rematch in which the Gypsy King came out on top. He stopped Wilder in the seventh round in a very convincing win. With all the heavyweight belts now being heald by British boxers, everyone was calling for a unification fight.
Unfortunately, though they’d have to wait as Wilder had triggered the rematch clause in the contract for the second fight. This means a third fight will happen this summer and AJ will now take on Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev.
👑 Tyson Fury 🇬🇧
1️⃣ Anthony Joshua 🇬🇧
2️⃣ Dillian Whyte 🇬🇧
3️⃣ Deontay Wilder 🇺🇸
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) February 25, 2020
AJ vs Kubrat Pulev – London, June 20 2020
Eddie Hearn initially was hoping to get a fight sorted between AJ and Fury. Unfortunately, this wasn’t possible and he now faces Pulev. The Bulgarian has had 29 fights, and like AJ has only been beaten once. This was by Vladimir Klitchko back in 2014.
The fight has been agreed to be at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, one of the best stadiums in the country. This is the first time AJ has fought in the UK since 2018. Initially, the two men were meant to fight each other back in 2017. Unfortunately, Pulev had to pull out due to injury.
AJ will be confident of winning the fight, which should then mean the fight with Fury can finally happen. Pulev’s promoter, who is also Fury’s US promoter, says he has no doubt that Pulev will win the fight. A Pulev win also plays into his hands as it would make a fight between him and Fury very easy to arrange.
AJ is the favourite with Betfair to win the fight at 1/9 with Pulev priced at 11/2. This shouldn’t put you off as Ruiz Jr. was priced far higher than this for the first fight and still won!
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder – Las Vegas, July 18th 2020
Wilder activated the clause for the rematch a week after his first-ever loss. He had a total of 30 days to do this but wasted no time. Bob Arum, who is Fury’s promoter confirmed this over the weekend.
This will be a very interesting fight as the two men will know each other very well by now. Fury will be confident of beating him once again but Wilder has said he is ready to go to war now. There will surely be another rematch clause in the contract should Fury lose as it would then be 1-1 on fights wins as the first fight was a draw. This could cause an issue for the fight against Joshua as he would want to fight the champion and that could get pushed back for a fourth fight.
It is going to take place in the exact same venue, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Wilder probably won’t have such an extravagant ring walk as last time. He wore a 40lb knight’s armour to the ring which he later blamed for the loss.
Due to his convincing win last time, Fury is the favourite for this fight at 2/7 with Wilder at a very interesting 5/2!