Boxing Fight: Anthony Joshua’s dream fight with Tyson Fury is currently at risk following his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk, but can this massive British clash be resurrected?
Usyk has announced that Joshua has ‘in principle’ invoked a rematch clause for a rematch early next year after the Ukrainian star ripped away from the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts with a unanimous decision triumph.
On October 9, Fury will defend his WBC title against Deontay Wilder in their trilogy bout, and his US promotional team, Top Rank, will assess how Joshua might still fit into their future plans.
“It’s always a possibility since both boxers have a lot of fans,” Top Rank president Todd duBoef told Sky Sports. “Both fighters have people connected to them.
“As long as athletes have a fan base, matches can always be arranged.”
“I believe Joshua can return, as he did with Andy Ruiz Jr. Tyson should be able to beat Wilder.
“It’ll be a blip.” What happened will be forgotten.
“They’re both bred in the UK, and you’ve seen them both grow.” When Top Rank announced Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad, a Mexican-American vs. a Puerto Rican, we knew the fight had to happen sooner or later.
“Everyone was discussing that rivalry.
“The same thing happened between De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez.
“I believe [Joshua vs. Fury] will take place at some point.”
“How are we going to get there?” How does it happen? There is apprehension. But I believe it will occur.”
In his post-fight news conference, Joshua insisted that he still expects to fight Fury.
“It’s a nice way to undisputed and all that stuff,” Joshua remarked.
“As I already stated, I’ll fight Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder without the belts.”
“The belts are entertaining. It’s fantastic; it’s a legacy. But, belts or no belts, I’ll fight anyone who comes my way. The path to unquestioned is a good title to have and to pursue.
“But would you still watch it if the belts weren’t there?”
“The essential thing is that you’ve got two competitive fighters from the UK in the ring who just want to go toe-to-toe.”
However, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has cautioned that Joshua may have to wait much longer to settle his British rivalry.
“I was not surprised by the outcome on Saturday night because I know Usyk very well and know the type of fighter he is,” Arum told Sky Sports.
“On Saturday night, he was masterful, proving he was one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound.
“What is Fury’s next move? He has a tough battle against Deontay Wilder ahead of him, and after that on October 9, we can talk about the future.
“Obviously, a lot hinges on whether Joshua chooses to invoke his rematch clause, and if he does, and Fury beats Wilder, there are other choices for Tyson’s next fight.”
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