When news emerged earlier this year that a deal had been agreed that would see Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury would finally face off in 2021, it was music to the ears of boxing fans.
The two British heavyweights have avoided each other for far too long, with a bout to decide the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world a tantalising prospect.
However, details on surrounding that fight have not been forthcoming. Considering both men now have other bouts arranged, some are doubting we will see them face off in 2021, if at all.
Anthony Joshua seems to be amongst that bunch.
Speaking to ESPN, he said that he is far from certain that he will face Tyson next year.
When I look at Fury, great talent, but I don’t know whether he’s coming or going.
I don’t know if he’s going to fight [Deontay] Wilder, or if he’s not going to fight Wilder. If he’s going to fight [Agit] Kabayel, or if he’s not going to fight Kabayel.
He announced he was going to fight me, then the deal didn’t get signed and we’re not fighting. Then you have got Usyk and he seems to be just straight.
You hear he is fighting Derek Chisora and he fights him. You hear he is fighting [Chazz] Witherspoon and he fights him.
I go off people who are serious. If Fury is serious and keen then the fight will happen.
Honestly, I’m keen to test myself. He’s supposed to have the real boxing IQ, so it’s going to be a really good challenge.
I’m keen to compete with him, no problem. But whether he’s ready, that’s a whole other story because of the issues he faces during his career.
I don’t know what will happen in 2021 but if I was to bet all my money on it I would say Usyk because he is with Matchroom, straightforward fight, and his track record shows when he says he is going to fight someone, he does.
Considering how frustrated fight fans already are at these two for avoiding each other, we can imagine the news that another year may pass without the unification fight will not go down well.