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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury told they owe undisputed fight to fans

American promoter Bob Arum has emphasised the need for the undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to happen for ‘the fans’.

The Top Rank promoter had to pull the plug on negotiations between his fighter Fury and Joshua after they were required to complete a contractual trilogy with American heavyweight Deontay Wilder.

Any fight between the pair will now have to take place after October once this has been completed, but Arum has since revealed his intentions to make the super-fight happen with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn but is unsure on a potential date.

“The problem with Eddie? He cannot stop talking,” Arum told Sky Sports.

“When he says February? He is saying the fight will happen next year which is clearly correct.

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could face each other for undisputed title next year after respective defences

“Joshua is fighting in September, we are fighting in October. Obviously [Joshua vs Fury] will take place next year.

“My position is: if Fury and Joshua win, screw any mandatories!

“Fury vs Joshua is the fight that people want to see. Period. End of story.”

Hearn has said recently that the fight should be the next fight to take place after Joshua’s mandatory defence against Usyk, and should Fury end his trilogy successfully with another victory against Wilder.

Joshua announced his latest outing against former undisputed cruiserweight champion with a tour around the venue at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with tickets reportedly set to cost up to £2000 to see the fight ringside.

And Arum has also spoken of his plans to make the fight happen on domestic soil believing that fans are ‘owed’ to see it take place in the UK with coronavirus restrictions lifted this month.

“My hope is that the fight goes to the UK,” Arum continued.

“Both fighters owe the UK fans this tremendous event at Wembley or Cardiff, rather than taking it to a foreign country.”

“That is an easy fight to make. It is not a hard fight to make.

“We had the fight rolling. The central elements had been taken care of.

“There were no problems, really, on the deal.

Joshua has since claimed that he is ready to drop all of his world title belts to make the fight with Fury happen in the future, with his promoter at Matchroom Boxing Hearn pencilling the date in around February.

The unified world champion has also revealed that he turned down a £10 million offer during the earlier stages of his career, that would have not involved any connection with Hearn but stayed due to his positive relationship with the promoter.

Hearn also recently hit out at the breakdown of the fight between Fury and Wilder that was initially set for July, blaming ‘poor ticket sales’ in reaction to it’s collapse and rescheduling.

But Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren has rubbished any ‘conspiracy theories’ surrounding the fight, emphasising the impact of the covid-19 outbreak in the ‘Gypsy King’s’ camp ahead of the contest.

The lineal heavyweight champion has since broken his silence on the rescheduling of his trilogy bout, clearly frustrated aiming a dig at F1 star Lewis Hamilton during a heated defence of his career in recent months.



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