It’s the fight every boxing fan wants and it would appear that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will, finally, do battle next year.
Fury produced one of his finest ever performances in Las Vegas in February, destroying Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC heavyweight crown.
The Gypsy King displayed incredible power and skill to dominant the Bronze Bomber and see him off inside seven rounds.
In the aftermath of the victory, there were instant calls for him to take on fellow Brit superstar Joshua, who regained his title belts with a fine rematch win of his own over Andy Ruiz Jr last December.
Both champions are hopefully set to fight later this year with Fury in action on December 5 and Joshua slated to take on Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev.
It has now been confirmed that the two Brits are then set to meet providing both win but fans are still awaiting news of when it will happen.
Here’s what we know about the historic match-up so far…
Fury vs Joshua: When could it happen?
The pandemic put boxing on hold for several months and temporarily shelved the plans of both Fury and Joshua.
Fury was expected to face Germany’s Agit Kabayelhe in December but that has been abandoned and he has said he will now not return to the ring until 2021.
He is still set to fight again soon and Wilder hascalled on Fury to ‘honour his agreement’ for a third fight.
Meanwhile, Joshua has been expected to face the IBF’s mandatory challenger Pulev in the winter but no official confirmation has been made for that fight either.
There remains much up in the air but there is hope Fury v Joshua can happen next spring as their camps have had time to discuss matters at length.
It is expected that Fury vs Joshua will agree a two-fight deal with the second coming at some time in winter 2021.
Fury vs Joshua: What has been said?
Both Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have confirmed they are ready to meet if both get through their upcoming fights.
Fury told talkSPORT: “Providing we both come through our next fights, then I would like to think this fight – me and Joshua – will finally get made.
“We’re both on top of our careers, both world heavyweight champions, and I’d like to think it can happen twice next year.”
Joshua echoed those comments, saying: “Providing I get past Pulev, what more can I do to prove that I am ready to fight Fury?”
Meanwhile, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has told talkSPORT there will be nothing standing in the way of the British heavyweight showdown next year.
Warren said: “We’ve been banging on about it now for a long time, since Tyson came back.
“Provided they come through their fights then I don’t see how anything can get in its way. I just can’t see it.
“If it doesn’t happen for any reason then it won’t be because of Tyson Fury or us. The money side of it is very simple – it’s a straight 50/50 split – but it’s whether the other side really want it.
“I know that Tyson does [want it] and there should be nothing standing in the way of it providing they get through their two respective fights in December.”
And Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has offered some insight to when the fight could take place, saying: “You break them up into probably May, June, and then November, December [for the rematch].
“I think it’s about where and of course they’re two British heavyweight world champions, and if one of those fights at least didn’t take place in the UK it would be a shame.
“I know ultimately people think it’s my decision but it’s really not. We will take all the offers that will come from all around the world and present them to both teams and both fighters.
“Ultimately, normally, the biggest offer wins.”
Fury vs Joshua: Where could it happen?
British fans would clearly love the bout to be held in the UK with Wembley, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Tottenham’s new home the most likely candidates.
But money will be a determining factor in the superstar showdown, with Warren conceding to talkSPORT that the UK may miss out on hosting the event.
That could see the two clashes held in Las Vegas, New York, Saudi Arabia or even in Australia.
Vegas’ MGM Grand has held countless classics while the brand new Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Raiders, would also be more than suitable.
Madison Square Garden in NYC is also a possibility and the scene of Joshua’s only career defeat to Ruiz Jr.
Joshua avenged that loss at the Diriyah Arena with the Gulf States making major waves in the boxing world in recent years.
Again, the COVID-19 restrictions will also play a key role in where the fight could take place.