Tyson Fury admits he’s “never been optimistic” Anthony Joshua fight will happen

Fury has revealed he was not optimistic about an undisputed contest between him and Joshua taking place, despite a bout agreement already being finalised for the pair to clash in Saudi Arabia

Hearn hopeful for Joshua v Fury bout early in 2022

Tyson Fury has admitted that he was not optimistic over taking on Anthony Joshua in an undisputed heavyweight title clash, despite an agreement being made to fight in Saudi Arabia.

The ‘Gypsy King’ was set to face his domestic rival for all the marbles in summer of this year, but the fight broke down despite an agreement being in place as he was forced to take on Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout instead.

He will now face his American rival for the third time in Las Vegas, but not without controversy after the bout was delayed until October as a result of a coronavirus outbreak in his camp.

However Fury revealed he was “never optimistic” of getting the chance to face his British foe Joshua but insists that he does now believe the fight will happen in the future.

“I have never been optimistic about this fight happening, even when the fight was agreed initially and we were set to go at it in Saudi Arabia,” Fury told The Overlap. “But I still wasn’t optimistic about it, and guess what it never happened, but I do feel this fight will happen eventually.

Tyson Fury admitted he wasn’t certain a fight with Anthony Joshua would be arranged


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“I do think sooner or later it will happen, even if we have to go completely Awol and bin all the belts to make the fight happen between us for whatever reason.

“I am willing to do that, but I am not sure he is.

Fury’s promoter Bob Arum previously revealed he was determined to get the British pair to fight in the UK in front of the fans, after Eddie Hearn unveiled a new target date of next year for the clash.

But Fury’s father John Fury has revealed that the lineal heavyweight champion could target an undisputed clash “as soon as December” if both come through their defences unscathed.

“He’s been inactive (Tyson), but so has Wilder, they’ve both done nothing for two years,” he told GiveMeSport. “But I see Tyson with a mindset he’s got today, knocking him out within four rounds.

“I mean, KO’ing him this time properly, getting the job done where there is no arguments at all, flat out on his back.

“And then when that’s happened out the way, few weeks’ rest, on to Joshua.”

Joshua faces dangerous Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in a stern test to complete another mandatory defence of his unified heavyweight titles this month.

But the 31-year-old has previously admitted he is ready to “ditch the belts” in order to secure a fight with Fury despite his claims.

“Without the belts? I rate that. That’s what I’m talking about. We’ll fight, 100 per cent, let’s do it,” Joshua said. I’ll smoke that guy, I will, it’s annoying.

“He’s been doing it for years, however, I just know on my end, and my management team and my promoter – we done everything we can to make this happen and as long as I’m champion, I’ll compete with anyone.

“I’ve got a tough challenger coming up now; a great fighter.”

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