Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are heading to a 2021 mega-fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, with the Gypsy King’s trilogy battle against Deontay Wilder in December being abandoned.
The first of potentially two Fury-Joshua blockbusters next year has been made possible by the imminent expiration of Wilder’s contractual right to a rematch following the sensational loss of his WBC world title in a second clash with Fury at Las Vegas in February.
Fury will now make a warm-up defence of his belt before Christmas, while Joshua defends his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
Sources on both sides of the Atlantic confirmed that Fury-Wilder III is now off.
Assuming neither suffers an unimaginable defeat this winter, Joshua or Fury should become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.
The Joshua vs Fury fight is understood to be earmarked for the spring at Wembley Stadium if the government lifts fan restrictions by then, or in either the Middle East or China