Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua was set to be the biggest boxing match in 2021, but the odds on the bout happening ever are growing longer by the minute.
The two Brits recently inked a two-fight deal which should see them meet twice before the end of 2021. Fury claimed as recently as Sunday May 16 that their first meeting would take place in Saudi Arabia on Saturday August 14.
Monday May 17 though brought craziness in buckets as Deontay Wilder won an arbitration ruling over the collapse of his planned trilogy fight with Fury in 2021.
The ruling – per multiple media reports – said Fury must now fight Wilder and now Fury vs Wilder 3 will go down on October 9 in Las Vegas.
Even worse news than that came on September 25 when Joshua lost his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles to former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk in a shock unanimous decision in London.
Fury still holds the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal titles but now there is no all-British unification match on the horizon. If it ever does happen, likely we have to wait at least another year.
Fury vs Joshua odds
The odds for Fury vs Joshua are pretty close, and the story has changed quite a bit in the last two years.
A couple of years ago Joshua was a heavy favorite – he was still unbeaten while Fury was coming off a near three-year hiatus caused by mental health issues and weight gain which saw him balloon to 400lbs.
Then everything changed. Joshua suffered his first career defeat – a shocker to the 30/1 underdog Andy Ruiz in Madison Square Garden in June 2019. Six months later meanwhile Fury would destroy the hitherto unbeaten Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC title.
Now – as a result of that and Joshua’s loss to Usyk – Fury is a clear favorite to win this huge heavyweight showdown, if it ever happens. He is a best-value -182 (bet $182 to win $100) with DraftKings, while Joshua is biggest at +175 (bet $100 to win $175) with FanDuel.
Fury vs Joshua picks
Debate rages about who is the best fighter – Fury or Joshua – and which one has the best record.
AJ probably has the deeper resume, containing victories over Dillian Whyte, Charles Martin, Dominic Breazeale, Carlos Takam, Wladimir Klitschko, Andy Ruiz Jr and Kubrat Pulev (among others).
Fury has not faced as many elite heavyweights, but he does have two victories on his resume that might just trump all of Joshua’s.
In November 2015 Fury traveled to Germany – into Wladimir Klitschko’s back yard – and schooled the long-time heavyweight champion en route to dethroning. A heavy underdog, he had pulled off a stunning upset.
Five years later Fury would perform a similar act – simply destroying the feared Deontay Wilder in seven one-sided rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was a stunning demolition job which saw Fury more aggressive than ever. It was Wilder’s first defeat in 44 fights as a professional, and removed for ever his aura of invincibility.
Fury vs Joshua presents a fascinating clash of styles. Fury at 6ft 9ins is a freak of nature – too fast, too slick and too skilful for a man of his size. Joshua meanwhile is more mechanical but has under-rated boxing skills and might just be the fight game’s best finisher when he has his opponent hurt.
It should be a fascinating matchup and our preference is for Fury, but only by a whisker.
We like ‘The Gypsy King’ to outbox Joshua en route to a points victory. We would be surprised to see him employ similar tactics to those he used with such impact in the Wilder rematch.
It’s more likely that he boxes from the outside as he did in the first meeting with Deontay in Los Angeles back in December 2018. We believe he’d prevail by decision or technical decision.
Fury vs Joshua date and start time
As of right now, we have no idea when Fury vs Joshua will happen. The best-case scenario is this:
- Fury beats Wilder on October 9
- Joshua rematches Usyk and beats him (unlikely based on their first fight)
Then both men will again be world champions and the fight will again be worth huge dollars.
How can I watch Fury vs Joshua on TV?
U.S. TV details for Fury vs Joshua would be pretty clear.
Fury is in the middle of a five-fight deal with ESPN. Joshua meanwhile has a matching rights deal with streaming platform DAZN.
Per Fury’s promoter Bob Arum, the bout would likely to air on pay-per-view in the U.S. on ESPN+. It is not known whether DAZN would figure in the arrangement.