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  • Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could finally face each other in the near future
  • Eddie Hearn has revealed the British pair could fight each other twice
  • He has also claimed one of the bouts may take place at Wembley Stadium
  • Eddie Hearn has revealed that Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could sign a two-fight deal to finally face each other, with one of the bouts potentially taking place at Wembley Stadium.

    Joshua dispatched Francis Ngannou inside two rounds in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, and has now had three of his last five fights in the Middle Eastern country.

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  • Fury also fought in Saudi Arabia last time out against Ngannou, and is set to return there in May for his undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk.

    A win for Fury could set up a fight against Joshua, but fans have become concerned that the pair may not meet on British soil due to Saudi powerbroker Turki Alalshikh being able to offer boxers lucrative money to fight in the Middle East.

    However, Joshua’s promoter Hearn has raised hopes that his charge and Fury could meet in the UK, and even claimed that is something Alalshikh is exploring.

    ‘This is a gentleman called Turki Alalshikh, who is obviously a very influential figure in sports and entertainment in Saudi Arabia,’ Hearn said on The Sports Agents podcast.

    ‘He’s also the biggest fight fan I’ve ever met. And quite amazingly, he’s now talking about staging two Fury vs AJ fights – one in Saudi Arabia and one at Wembley Stadium.’

    Joshua and Fury have both fought at Wembley before, experiencing some of their best nights in boxing at the iconic venue.

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    AJ beat Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley in 2017, rising from the canvas to stop the Ukrainian in the 11th round of a back-and-forth contest.

    He returned the following year to knock out Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round.

    Fury was also victorious at the national team stadium as he beat fellow Brit Dillian Whyte in 2022.

    Hearn would love to to bring a Joshua-Fury fight to Wembley, and insists Alalshikh is on board, but admits it is inevitable that big fights will continue to be made in Saudi Arabia in the coming months and years.

    Speaking about Alalshikh, Hearn added: ‘He’s one of those guys that listens and reads everything.

    ‘So he’s definitely read about, “I wish this fight was at Wembley”, or “It’s a shame the fight is in Saudi Arabia”.

    ‘I mean, we really must have more of a global vision in sport, boxing doesn’t just sit here but two Brits, fighting for the undisputed world championship, I think he would probably bring one of them to the UK, I really do. And that financially, they’ve got the ability to do that.’

“I just knew that AJ’s experience and his power would be too much”; Dillian Whyte was not surprised that Anthony Joshua knocked out MMA star in second round in Saudi Arabia; British contender returns against Christian Hammer in Ireland on Sunday

Dillian Whyte says Francis Ngannou’s “false confidence” was punished by Anthony Joshua and he fully expected the MMA star to be brutally beaten.

Joshua ruthlessly overpowered Ngannou on Friday night, flooring the former UFC heavyweight champion twice before a huge right hand ended the fight in the second round in Saudi Arabia.

But Whyte was far from surprised by the outcome as he believes Ngannou failed to fix technical flaws after dropping Tyson Fury in a hotly-disputed split-decision defeat last October.

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“Francis is not experienced enough to beat the top guys. He got a bit complacent because he did well against Fury but Fury didn’t take him seriously,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“Fury just thought he was going to outbox him and he gave Fury some problems but that was his undoing.

“I think that fight gave him false confidence to the point where, when he was getting hammered with big punches, he stayed in the pocket and he wasn’t trying to move his head or hold or anything.

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“So, I knew it was going to happen and I picked AJ to win anyway.

“AJ is a puncher and you don’t just stand up in front of someone like AJ with your hands basically down and then switching stances mid-fight against a right-handed puncher. Why did he go southpaw? It didn’t make any sense.

“I just knew that AJ’s experience and his power would be too much. I thought Francis would be a little bit better, to be honest, but Francis… he’s doing boxing, but it’s not recognised boxing training so he hasn’t covered the basics.

“Someone like AJ, an experienced gold medallist, all these world title fights, he covers the basics on a daily basis and that is where Francis came unstuck.”

Whyte, who was originally linked with an Ngannou fight before Fury and Joshua, believes he would have inflicted a similar result.

“I tried to fight Ngannou four years ago,” he said. “I would have definitely knocked him out. I said I would fight him in boxing and MMA.

“I always believed I could knock him out because the boxing ability isn’t there.

“I think he is a good fighter but I don’t think he is a good boxer.

“I believe I would have been able to find a hole, hit him with body shots, and catch him with right hands.”

WBC champion Fury was watching from ringside ahead of a potential future fight with Joshua following his upcoming undisputed world title fight against Oleksandr Usyk on May 18.

“I think Tyson is always worried about punchers, or anyone that can knock him out, but the thing is, Tyson is nowhere near as raw as Ngannou is,” said Whyte.

“As a professional world level boxer, it is kind of hard to take away anything from the fight because AJ has knocked out a massive puncher and a big guy but when you look at it strategically, from a boxing standpoint, there is nothing in it.

“You are talking about a world champion fighting someone at ‘Southern Area’ level. If that’s ‘Southern Area’ level? Because some of the heavyweights at ‘Southern Area’ would beat him.”

Whyte will return to the ring against Christian Hammer on Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, in Castlebar in the west of Ireland.

The former WBC interim champion has been cleared to continue his career after an investigation confirmed that a positive drug test was caused by a contaminated supplement before a rematch with Joshua was cancelled last August.

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“I am very excited, it is very good to be back and I’ll be looking at opportunities in the future,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“I have been meaning to return to Ireland for a while, I have got family from here and they can come down to the fight.

“Christian Hammer, he is a guy I know, tough guy. Experienced in a lot of fights. It’s a very good fight, considering I have been off for 16 months. Very good fight to come back to.

“I still want the world title and I still want to fight all the big fights. There is a lot of big fights going on and I want my name to get back amongst the mix and to prove I can still beat these guys.”

 

VAR is yet to make an appearance in the world of boxing but recent years have seen various contentious decisions that could well have changed the outcomes of fights.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman says boxing ‘must implement video replay technology’ and as a result, Oliver has hinted that it could be used ringside soon, with Fury vs Usyk a fight that could see its debut.

Speaking on White and Jordan, Oliver said: “I believe that they want to implement that in the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight.

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“They’re talking about video replays etc., to help them come to the correct decision, like VAR. I think that we sometimes see illegal blows going, it causes cuts and what not and then the guy will win the fight.”

Jim White then alluded to when Daniel Dubois was adjudged to have hit Oleksandr Usyk with a low-blow during their fight in August.

It was a controversial call by referee Luis Pabon as Usyk was awarded time to recover and went on to win.

“That’s a great example,” said Oliver. “He wouldn’t have got the five minute break on the floor in between the rounds and Dubois lost his momentum then. Dubois was fired up, he was ready to go but that may have changed the fight.

“The referee has allowed the five-minute break, in the five-minute break then say, ‘Woah, that wasn’t a low-blow, get him on with it.’ They overrule it basically.”

While boxing fans may be against the idea of VAR being introduced, Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom would welcome it’s arrival into the sport.

Shalom told talkSPORT: “I think for the big fights it makes a lot of sense. You have so many decisions at the moment that are being questioned all the time. It’s frustrating as a promoter as well because you’re usually the one that gets blamed.

“I welcome anything, it takes investment, it takes everyone getting on board with it.

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“But when there’s such high stakes and when you’ve got fighters’ careers going one way or the other based on a decision at the end of the fight, you look at the other sports whether it’s tennis, whether it’s football, boxing is a huge sport now.

“It’s one of the biggest sports in the world, definitely in this country and the investment now needs to go in so that the fans can trust what’s going on, see what’s going on and we get to the decision. I think it will add some more excitement as well.”

Fury and Usyk will fight to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world on the postponed date of May 18 after the former suffered a serious cut in sparring.

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A few months ago Anthony Joshua would have been a MASSIVE odds-on favourite for a fight against former UFC heavyweight king Francis Ngannou. Not anymore.

Joshua vs Ngannou, set for March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is now a live match after Ngannou proved a revelation on his pro boxing debut – taking WBC and lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury to the brink before losing a disputed split decision.

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While Joshua will start a firm favourite, this is not the foregone conclusion many would be expected before Ngannou shocked ‘The Gypsy King’. As promoter Frank Warren knows only too well.

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Warren of course promotes Fury, and he saw the dream of that unification showdown vs Oleksandr Usyk almost wrecked by Ngannou’s supershow. He know believes Joshua faces a similarly stern test come March 8.

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He told DAZN: “I think it’s a big jeopardy fight for AJ. I think he’s got the benefit what Tyson didn’t have going into the fight in as much that you’ve now seen him in a boxing ring. You know he can fight and you know what to expect.

“But then I think to myself what is Ngannou gonna learn from what his first fight was. Is he gonna improve? If he improves he’s gonna be a real handful. We know he can punch, he’s strong, he’s tough. It’s not a foregone conclusion whatsoever because I know now he can box – he’s a switch hitter who can punch and he can certainly fight inside.

“I think it’s gonna be an interesting fight, there’s no doubt about it. I think it will be a knockout, either way.”

Joshua normally towers over his opponents, but that size differential won’t be there this time, with Ngannou a fearsome physical specimen as well as a surprisingly adept boxer.

“This guy is a big, strong guy. Coming from the background he comes from, UFC, you know when they’re infighting, they’re used to claiming hold of each other and pulling each other around. He’s not somebody you’re just gonna push him around.”

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Mike Tyson shows off remarkable punch power at 57… incredible clip emerges of former heavyweight champion hitting the pads in the gym months after helping Francis Ngannou prepare for his fight with Tyson Fury

Mike Tyson still has his remarkable punching power at the age of 57, as an incredible clip has emerged of the boxing legend hitting the pads in practice.

Tyson was seen in the ring with coach Rafael Cordeiro, who posted a video of the pair to his Instagram.

And Tyson looked extremely spry in the clip as he dodged his coach’s punches and delivered some forceful blows himself.

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‘Another day at the office! Thank you for everything my Brother!,’ Cordeiro captioned the clip.

The video comes months after Tyson helped MMA star Francis Ngannou prepare for his crossover fight with Tyson Fury.

Tyson was approached by Ngannou ahead of his crossover fight against Fury last October.

He told Mail Sport, ‘How many times do you really get to be involved in an immortal event.’

‘How many times in my life will I be able to do something like this.

‘Some of the magnitude. So, of course I would want to be involved in this and say yes to being a part of this.’

Tyson became the sport’s youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20 back in 1986.

He worked with Ngannou to help improve his striking skills, precision and ring intelligence.

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Anthony Joshua’s fight with Deontay Wilder evaporated little more than an hour before he thought he was going to get it.

But if AJ defeats Francis Ngannou next month, he could set himself on a path that leads once again towards a possible showdown with British heavyweight rival Tyson Fury

It has been much discussed. Talks have started up and failed multiple times. But still, could Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua actually happen?

The two are titans in British boxing with Fury the reigning WBC champion and Joshua, a former unified heavyweight champion, currently working his way back to the top.

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Both have significant bouts coming up. On March 8 Joshua will box Francis Ngannou, the former UFC champion who gave Fury an expectedly difficult 10-round bout last year.

Then, on May 18, Fury meets Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titlist, in their rescheduled undisputed championship fight.

Should the two British heavyweights prevail in their respective contests, a natural question will be whether they could finally fight each other in 2024.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is advocating for precisely that. “If there’s a chance to jump in late summer or early autumn and make AJ vs Fury, it can be done and there’s ways to make it happen. I think there’s every chance that could happen,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“[With] contracts, everyone’s got to be respected in that sense. But the pressure will be on to make that fight.”

Fury has said he will have two fights with Usyk, but was open to boxing Joshua down the line.

Frank Warren, who co-promotes Fury, told the Toe2Toe podcast: “There are contractual commitments and they will have to be fulfilled.”

But he believes the landscape of heavyweight boxing will continue to develop.

Of the other heavyweight contenders Warren said: “They’re all going to be trying to get themselves into a position to have a fight for one of the mandatory [positions] or fight for a vacant title if the titles fragment again, which I hope they won’t.

“It’s like a renaissance in boxing. Big cards are happening, which we could never under normal circumstances put together because they wouldn’t work out financially but because they’re part of this event, Riyadh season, it’s great for the fans.

“The heavyweight division, it’s never been as lively as this.”

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Hearn said: “It’s going to be interesting. Obviously, a lot’s got to happen, AJ’s got to beat Ngannou and Fury’s got to beat Usyk. One of the reasons that we took the Ngannou fight is because we knew it could take us there quicker because of the vision out there.

“It does look like it [Fury vs Joshua] is close but everyone’s got a job to do first.

“We signed for Joshua against [Deontay] Wilder and we were an hour away from announcing it in the ring and then Joseph Parker goes and beats him. So anything can happen.”

Ngannou will only be having his second professional boxing contest when he fights Joshua next month. That bout then will be a tall order for a mixed martial artist taking on a seasoned former champion.

But in his pro debut, Ngannou did manage to drop Fury. In that sense, he will pose a threat.

“You’ve got two immovable objects, two massive men and Ngannou is huge,” Hearn said. “AJ should be much too good for him but this is the heavyweight division and it’s a very dangerous test.

“All that matters is March 8 for us, because anything can happen in that fight.

“For me this is a performance that has to encompass discipline and brutality.”

Joshua did look in form when he boxed Otto Wallin last time out, handily stopping the Swede in five rounds.

“In the changing room before the Wallin fight when he was hitting pads with Ben [Davison, in a new training partnership], I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve never seen him like it. The noise every time he hit the pads was like a cannon going off,” Hearn said.

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“I can’t believe the turnaround just in confidence, in sharpness, in power and belief.

“If AJ understands the game and he believes, he is unbeatable in there and we’re moving towards that.”

He added: “You’re only as good as your last fight and if that is the case AJ is the best heavyweight in the world right now. But for me, that’s judged over time and I think you have to say that Fury is probably the No 1 guy.”

Joshua’s promoter, however, believes a dominant performance against Ngannou will strengthen the Watford man’s case for a shot at Fury, in a fight that both Britons, and British boxing, would like to see.

“Fury and Usyk are duking it out for, on paper, the No 1 heavyweight spot in the world,” Hearn said. “If [Fury] can beat Anthony Joshua he’s beaten absolutely everybody.

“That’s true legendary status, that’s the great of our generation.

“I think he does want greatness. I know AJ does and I truly believe that AJ will beat Ngannou and then he will beat Tyson Fury for the undisputed championship.”

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There has been a thawing of the ice in the relationship between Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren of late and now Hearn has named the one fighter from the opposite stable he would like to promote and surprisingly it isn’t Tyson Fury.

For many years Hearn and Warren have traded verbal barbs, wound each other up and thrown mud at one another’s fights, events and operations.

In the last few months however and with the Saudi Entertainment chief Turki Alalshikh acting as an intermediary, they have come to talk and even work with one another.

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The result is the much anticipated 5 v 5 showdown with fighters from each promotional outfit pitted against one another on June 1 on the undercard of the undisputed light heavyweight fight between Artur Beterbiev and Dimitri Bivol.

Now, speaking to DAZN, Hearn has named a fighter he would like to promote under his Matchroom banner and he went with a fast-rising featherweight.

“I like Nick Ball. Very entertaining scouse fighter. I think he’s going to get his shot soon at a big fight.

Hearn then adds a second thought.

“Or Tyson Fury, by the way.”

Queensbury boss Warren was then asked for his answer and went with the revered light heavyweight champion.

“Bivol’s there isn’t he.”

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Eddie Hearn has claimed Anthony Joshua is ready to step in if Tyson Fury’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk suffers yet another setback.

The bout between the pair had been due to take place on February 17. However, after Fury sustained a serious cut to his eye, it’ll now take place on May 18 instead.

Fury, as well as those close to the 35-year-old, remain adamant the fight will go ahead.

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Some, however, believe it’ll never happen despite both men facing a huge financial penalty of £10million if they withdraw.

“It’s so refreshing for his career after so many periods of inactivity through COVID and dealing with big stadium fights and mandatory obligations and people messing around.

“He will need a rest at some point, but if he comes through Ngannou well and that opportunity presented itself, I would think he’d be ready to fight Fury or Usyk.”

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The Cameroonian-French star has only had one career fight so far – which came against Fury back in October.

The 37-year-old was able to knock his opponent down in round three, stunning the boxing world in the process.

Fury managed to win via split decision, however, to keep his unbeaten boxing record intact.

And Hearn says that, if AJ overcomes Ngannou, he’ll then go up against Filip Hrgovic.

“If AJ is triumphant, he will fight Filip Hrgovic for a world title, which is fine,” he stated.

“Then we’ll fight the winner of Fury vs. Usyk.”

Joshua isn’t the only fighter who could replace Fury or Usyk if needed.

Deontay Wilder’s stock has fallen after he was easily overcome by Joseph Parker before Christmas.

Yet the Bronze Bomber, despite appearing to be a faded force, insists he’s prepared to step into the ring if there’s the opportunity.

 

British heavyweight boxer, Tyson Fury says any talk about his retirement will remain in the cooler until he battles Nigeria-British pugilist Anthony Joshua.

Tyson Fury who is expected to hang his gloves after his Undisputed title fight with Ukrainian heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, said his next fight after beating Usyk will be a rematch with the Ukrainian or a bout with Joshua.

The WBC reigning champion is expected to be in action with Usyk on May 18, 2024, in Riyadh. The winner of the unification match is expected to go home with the WBC, WBO, WBA, and IBF belts.

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On Thursday, Tyson Fury made a rare appearance on his Instagram page in which he showed a cut above his eye which necessitated the postponement of his bout with Usyk from February to May 18, 2024.

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Recall that Fury sustained the cut during his bout with crossover heavyweight boxer, Francis Ngannou in October 2023. The British boxer won the match on points after the Cameroonian boxer had dropped him on the ground in the 5th round.

“I keep hearing talk of people saying I should retire or I’m going to retire soon or whatever,” Fury said.

“I ain’t retiring. I’ve got two fights with Usyk for the undisputed, twice. Then I’m going to fight AJ (Joshua) at least once, maybe twice, if there’s a rematch — if he wants one after the first battering I give him.

“Then I’m going to fight Ngannou again. That’s just the start. There are five fights for you to whet your appetite. I ain’t going nowhere. I’m 35 years old and in the prime of my life.”

Meanwhile Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou will face each other on March 8, 2024, in Saudi Arabia.

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Tyson Fury has set out an ambitious five-fight plan, including a long-awaited bout against fellow British boxer Anthony Joshua, as the world heavyweight champion dismissed talk of retirement.

WBC champion Fury’s unification bout with Oleksandr Usyk, the holder of the WBO, WBA and IBF belts, had been due to take place in Riyadh later this month.

Fury expects to have a rematch with Ukraine’s Usyk regardless of the outcome of their first fight, before facing former world heavyweight champion Joshua in one or two bouts and then Francis Ngannou, whom he beat in October.

“I keep hearing talk of people saying I should retire or I’m going to retire soon or whatever,” Fury said on his Instagram feed on Wednesday, showing stitches above his eye. “I ain’t retiring — I’ve got two fights with Usyk for the undisputed, twice.”

Fury, yet to face Joshua, added: “Then I’m going to fight AJ (Joshua) at least once, maybe twice, if there’s a rematch — if he wants one after the first battering I give him.

“Then I’m going to fight Ngannou again.

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“That’s just the start. There’s five fights for you to whet your appetite. I ain’t going nowhere. I’m 35 years old

and in the prime of my life.”

Fury has won 34 fights with one draw since turning professional in 2008.

His most recent fight was a controversial victory over former UFC mixed martial arts world champion Ngannou, making his professional boxing debut. Fury was knocked down but won on a split points decision.

Two-time former world champion Joshua is set for a non-title fight with Ngannou, also in Saudi Arabia, on March 8.

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The last undisputed heavyweight boxing champion was Lennox Lewis, when he beat Evander Holyfield in 1999.