It has been a big and exciting year for the boxing world following three of the game’s biggest heavyweight names, Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, all being involved in a title match this year.
The Staples Center in Los Angeles hosted the Fury/Wilder fight last weekend and in a controversial decision, the match ended in a draw, leaving room for speculation. Some believe the judges ruled the match a draw to create more excitement following a now highly anticipated rematch, while others believe it was done to preserve Wilder’s flawless record of 49 wins, 0 losses, ultimately boosting the yearnings for a Joshua/Wilder fight.
It’s no secret that both men have been itching to get at each other for the longest time now and more eager for this fight to happen, are the fans. Highly considered two of the greatest fighters of our time, it will be a disservice to the sport if they never clash in the ring and the prospect would hurt the boxing commission. So its basically inevitable that this fight would happen, especially considering Joshua’s comments following the Wilder vs Fury fight.
Joshua stated that, at the moment, he would prefer to face Wilder, seeing as he wants to be the unified champion, but he wouldn’t mind fighting Fury, only when Fury is at his best.
Veteran boxing promoter Barry Hearn who backed Joshua’s statement told Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast that, “I’ve been hearing a lot of things that simply aren’t true.
“AJ’s first choice is Wilder because when you’re collecting belts, which he is, he wants to be the unified champ.
“He’d love to fight Fury as well, but for now I think Wilder is the one he wants.
“There’s three or four options at the minute for us.
“Sooner or later fight fans are going to get everything they want, but we won’t be doing any silly deals – that’s for sure.”
The last statement is in reference to the fact that the Wilder/Fury fight failed to meet the projected pay per view earnings. The 21,000-capacity Staples Center did not sell out, a sharp contrast with the Joshua/Povetkin fight at the Wembley stadium, which although was not a sell out, had somewhere around 80000 people in attendance.
Mr. Hearn stated that the pair (Wilder and Fury) need to work on their popularity, so as to rack in numbers, before he permits any of them to face the world champion AJ.
“There’s a lot to talk about. This business is about money at the end of the day.
“It’s not totally out of the window (Joshua and Fury) but look they didn’t sell out the Staples Center and the numbers were relatively low in regards to Pay Per View.
“If they did a rematch of course it would be much bigger and the prospect increases (of them fighting AJ).
“When they get to the promised land, the land of milk and honey, that’s when they fight Anthony Joshua.
“So both of them need to stop kidding themselves. We’d love the fight against either of them – it would be great for fight fans.
On Wednesday, Fury who was one of the spectators at the Manchester United/Arsenal game at Old Trafford said he would be love a rematch with Wilder, but that it should hold at The Theatre of Dreams.
Whoever wins the Wilder/Fury rematch, will most likely face AJ next year in April.