IN yet another blow to the heavyweight division, boxing fans were left frustrated this past week as the trilogy fight between WBC champion Fury and contender Wilder was postponed after the Briton tested positive for coronavirus.
The fight was set to take place on 24 July in Las Vegas and could now be rescheduled for September.It was all looking so rosy back in May.
Fans, media, fighters and pretty much everyone involved in boxing were gearing up for the biggest all-British bout in history.
We were just days away from the undisputed summer clash between Joshua and Fury being made 100 percent official, with Saudi Arabia the destination.
And then former champion Wilder threw a spanner in the works after an arbitration ruling stated Fury must fight the American for a third time next.
As the initial disappointment settled, fans started to warm to a Fury-Joshua clash later in the year, with the possibility of it being held in the United Kingdom offering a silver lining.
But Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents Joshua, has said it is now unlikely to take place in 2021.
“With Fury fighting September 25, it’s very difficult to do a fight in December,” he told IFL TV.
“And a lot of our conversations are now about the undisputed fight are end of January or February.”
But with Joshua likely to face Ukraine’s OleksandrUsyk next, fans are not convinced we’ll ever see the blockbuster bout we’re all desperately craving . . .
Whether it’s down to illness, injury or boxing politics, at this moment in time a Joshua-Fury fight seems further away than ever before. – BBCsport.