Boxing: Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua agree to two fights starting in 2021

Daniel Cunningham

A boxing match for the ages has now been agreed to for 2021 that will feature the two best heavyweights in the world going head to head to see who really is the best in the world.

SkySports reported today that WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury (30-0-1), and the IBO, WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua (23-1) have agreed to a two-fight deal. The two British heavyweight champs have long been linked to one another. There were questions on if the fight would ever come together, but it now appears we will get to see the boxing match that we have been waiting for. Of course, both men have challenges ahead of them before the fight can happen.

Tyson Fury’s Incredible Journey to boxing glory

The Gypsy King is considered by many to be the best heavyweight boxer in the world. When he defeated Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015, there was no doubting his greatness. However, Fury went through a rough period of addiction and depression which derailed his career. After winning the titles against Klitschko, Fury stepped away from boxing for almost three years. In that time, top heavyweights such as Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder became stars. Fury got his life back on track and made his return in 2018.

Since his 2018 return, Tyson Fury has looked better than ever. He’s gone 5-0-1 in six fights with that one draw being extremely controversial. Fury met undefeated WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder (42-1-1), for the WBC title back in 2018. Fury controlled much of the fight, but was floored in the final round by Wilder. Had he not been knocked down, he would have won a decision. Instead, the fight was declared a draw. After both men won couple of more fights, they ran things back earlier this year. Fury left no doubts in this one as he stopped Wilder in the 7th round. Fury holds a record of 1-0-1 in the series, but the two men will have their third fight before the Joshua fight can materialize. There is no current date for their third fight, but it’s expected to be towards the end of 2020. Once Fury fights Wilder, he also is scheduled to fight Dillian Whyte (27-1) who is the mandatory challenger for the WBC title.

Joshua looking to prove he’s the best

Entering 2019, many people believed that Anthony Joshua was the best heavyweight in the world. He held four titles, and he was an Olympic gold medalist. He had only fought in England, but made his much anticipated US debut against a huge underdog, Andy Ruiz. Ruiz went on to shock the boxing world by knocking out Joshua in their first fight. The two men immediately scheduled a rematch that took place in Diriyah. Joshua looked much better in their rematch while Ruiz looked sluggish. Joshua took back his heavyweight title by unanimous decision.

Much like Fury, Joshua has his own business to attend to before this super fight can happen. Joshua is scheduled to fight mandatory challengers Kubrat Pulev (28-1) and Oleksandr Usyk (17-0). If Joshua can defeat both of those men, there will be nothing left for him besides the fight with Fury.

A boxing match for the ages

This is the boxing match that the world has been waiting on for some time. Of course, there is a lot still in the way. Both men have to successfully defend their titles two more times before the fight can become a reality. However, getting the fight agreed to was a massive hurdle, and they have cleared that hurdle. For boxing fans, we can all just hope that both men get through their next couple of fights so we can see the fight that would truly determine who is the heavyweight king of boxing.