Fury firm favourite for unification bout

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is the fight everyone wants to see, and both their camps have confirmed that is exactly what they want to happen.

Fury maintained his unbeaten record in spectacular fashion as he demolished Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to claim the WBC heavyweight title belt.

Now that means that Britain owns the heavyweight division as Anthony Joshua holds the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles.

But will we see a unification bout? Well according to both promotions – that is what will happen.

Frank Warren, one of Fury’s promotors, has confirmed that Wilder does have an option

“Everything is in the hands of Deontay Wilder’s team for the next 30 days. I’d like to see a unification.

“Of course we want to see it [unification]. Listen, he don’t duck anyone. He went to Germany and beat the guy with the second longest reign of any heavyweight champion. He’s been here [USA] twice. Who does he duck? Come on.’”

And Joshua’s team – headed by Eddie Hearn, has been quick to confirm their desire to meet – even though they are in talks to fight Kubrat Pulev – who is a mandatory challenger.

Hearn admits that both fighters may have obligations to fulfil before meeting, but they will clash.

“Everybody is very clear on this. Everybody wants this fight – Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, Frank Warren, Matchroom.

“I promise you this fight will happen. If we have to fight (Kubrat) Pulev, we’ve got to beat Pulev, and if he has to fight Wilder, he’s got to beat Wilder again. Both of those things will happen. Fury will beat Wilder again and Joshua will knock Pulev clean out.

“When are we ever going to get the chance of two British world heavyweight champions fighting for the undisputed title against each other? It’s never happened before it will never happen again. We’d be clowns, we’d be idiots if we didn’t make this fight. We believe we win the fight, they believe they win the fight, so let’s see it.”

Bookmakers believe that Fury will win any unification bout with Joshua, making him odds-on at 1/2.

“The dream fight between Fury and Joshua is getting closer and closer and whilst it might be a while yet, with AJ pencilled in to fight Pulev in June, we think it could be on before the year is out and that Joshua is Fury’s most likely opponent,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

“The way Fury performed this weekend it is simply impossible to not make him favourite for the bout,” added Aitkenhead.


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