Mega fight of the boxing world champions: Fury against Joshua rises on the Red Sea

Mega fight of the boxing world champion
Fury versus Joshua rises on the Red Sea

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have been challenging each other on social networks for weeks. In reality, the announced mega-fight seems to be moving into the distance. But now the fight is lashed down – at least the month and place are concerned.

After much back and forth, the mega-fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is gradually taking shape: The fight planned in an arena in Jeddah on the Red Sea will take place on August 7th or 14th, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky TV Sports. The later of the two dates is cheaper because the Olympic Games in Tokyo end before that, said the Joshua promoter. Hopefully this question will be clarified in the next few days. “The deal is closed,” said Hearn at the same time.

The 31-year-old Joshua is world champion of the IBF, WBA and WBO associations. One year older Fury holds the WBC world championship title, which he took from the American Deontay Wilder in his last fight so far in February 2020 through technical knockout. Fury is still undefeated in his 31 professional fights. Initially, two fights between Joshua and Fury have been arranged. The first unification fight of the four most important associations is to take place in front of up to 20,000 spectators, the rematch could increase in November or December.

Fury has apparently not yet agreed to all of the terms of the fight. Fury’s attorneys have yet to work out details, Hearn said. Joshua is therefore increasingly impatient. “I’m tired. My fans are tired. Your fans are tired. We are all tired of the talk,” wrote Joshua on Monday evening to Fury on Twitter and added: “Less talk. More action!” Hearn described the highly acclaimed fight for the mega-duel as a “global spectacle”.

The fact that everything has not yet been fully clarified could also make boxing fans nervous. In the past few weeks, after promising announcements of the mega-fight, question marks have repeatedly arisen as to whether the fight will really happen. There were tough negotiations with the host Saudis, which did not satisfy all sides.

Joshua had already played against Andy Ruiz jr in Saudi Arabia in December 2019. boxed. During the fight outside the gates of the capital Riyadh, Joshua got back the world championship belts from WBA, WBO and IBF. Joshua alone is said to have collected the equivalent of more than 65 million euros. About a year ago he had said that he was not averse to another fight in the kingdom despite the human rights violations and massive criticism of the sporting event.