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Arum: 95% confident on Joshua-Fury, 100% confident Fury wins by KO!

Arum hopeful contracts are signed in next two weeks

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Bob Arum says he is almost certain Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will meet this year Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank/Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Bob Arum says he is almost certain Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will meet this year Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank/Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Bob Arum says talks are progressing well for Anthony Joshua to face Tyson Fury and is almost certain the fight will happen this year.

Britain’s world Heavyweight champions, Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) and Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) have agreed a two-fight deal for this year, with a reported 50-50 split in the first fight and 60-40 in favour of the winner in the second clash.

The venue of the fight is still to be determined with Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Dubai, China and the USA all reportedly in contention, whilst the broadcast situation is yet to be confirmed, however Fury’s co-promoter, Arum remains convinced that a completed deal is edging closer and believes his man will win inside the distance.

“I don’t want to make a deadline, but I just can report that everything so far has been going splendidly, and we hope to have a signed document within the next couple of weeks,” Arum told Sky Sports News.

“That might not provide for a site, because again, we can have a document that the fighters would have signed, and everything, and then have a mutual agreement clause of the site.

“We’re all on the same page, as far as I can see.

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are edging closer to a showdown Photo Credit: Press Association/Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are edging closer to a showdown Photo Credit: Press Association/Mikey Williams/Top Rank

“I’m 95 per cent confident the fight happens, and I’m 100 per cent confident that my guy wins, and wins by knockout.”

“We talked about the undercard and Eddie made a really good suggestion – that we have Matchroom fighters against fighters from our side.

“That would be pretty good. It would be interesting.”

Joshua stopped IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in December Photo Credit: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing
Joshua stopped IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in December Photo Credit: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing

Joshua retained his WBA ‘Super’, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight world titles with a ninth round knockout of IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in December, whilst Fury ripped away the WBC title from Deontay Wilder with a seventh round stoppage in February in Las Vegas.

Remaining hurdles to Joshua vs Fury

Oleksandr Usyk remains Joshua’s WBO mandatory challenger after cementing his position with victory over the Derek Chisora in October.

The 32-year-old would either have to agree to step aside or Joshua could vacate the belt, but Arum believes that a deal can be reached with the Ukrainian.

“He is the mandatory for the WBO, so we will ask the WBO to allow this fight to happen with Fury and Joshua, and that would hold off Usyk,” Arum added.

Oleksandr Usyk is Joshua's WBO mandatory challenger Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Oleksandr Usyk is Joshua’s WBO mandatory challenger Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

“If we were not able to accomplish that, well maybe before we try to accomplish that, we would reach some kind of solution with Usyk where he fights somebody else, maybe on the same card. We’ll find a solution.

“I’m optimistic we will find a solution. Now if we don’t, the unfortunate thing would be, that we do it without the WBO title.

“Be that as it may, but I think it would be nice for boxing to do this for the undisputed title.”

 

Former WBC champion, Deontay Wilder remains hopeful of securing a trilogy with Fury.

Fury is waiting news on a hearing on a third fight with Deontay Wilder Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Fury is waiting news on a hearing on a third fight with Deontay Wilder Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

The pair were set to meet in an immediate rematch, but the fight was pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst a projected December date was ruled out, due to a number of college football games falling at the same time.

 

Fury’s team insists the timeframe for a third fight has passed, but Wilder’s team used the “dispute resolution provision” in the contract to take their case to mediation, which remains ongoing.

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