Tyson Fury, out of action for over a year and lacking a date for his planned clash with Anthony Joshua, tells ESPN that he’s fighting twice in 2021 no matter what.
“They’ve had a full year to try and make this fight happen. Since the last Wilder fight, even before the Wilder fight, they were talking about a fight potentially between me and Joshua. They’ve had a full year to make something happen, and it hasn’t happened as of yet. It is what it is. We’re no further forward today than we were a year ago.
“The way [COVID-19] is at the moment, I don’t think [negotiations] got much to do with the fighters. It’s to do with the venue, date, place, site fees. It’s to do with everything but the fight itself. … But Top Rank has to give me two fights this year. I will fight two times on ESPN. I don’t care who it is.”
Eddie Hearn claimed 10 days ago that they were “finalizing the finer details.” On the 5th, he said that they “hope[d] for an official announcement” within two weeks, a deadline that’s come and gone without a trace.
After a long, unproductive stretch of time spent trying to put together a trilogy match with Deontay Wilder, Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) elected to stay busy with a December 5th matchup against unbeaten Agit Kabayel. That collapsed when Wilder’s team entered mediation to enforce the rematch clause, which Fury and his team insisted had expired.