Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury has ’50-50 chance’ of happening THIS year says Barry Hearn

    Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury has a ’50-50′ chance of happening THIS year, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to Barry Hearn. Joshua and Fury still have fights with Kubrat Pulev and Deontay Wilder to fulfil, however.

    Joshua’s proposed clash with Pulev was due to take place on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but it’s been pushed back until later this year.

    And the same goes for Fury vs Wilder 3, which was originally pencilled in for July 18 in Las Vegas.

    Fury battered Wilder to win the WBC world title and Ring Magazine belt two months ago, but the American exercised an immediate rematch clause.

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    Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is a '50-50 chance' it happens THIS year, says Barry Hearn

    Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is a ’50-50 chance’ it happens THIS year, says Barry Hearn (Image: GETTY)

    Promoter Bob Arum now thinks that fight will go ahead in October.

    That leaves little time for a potential Joshua vs Fury to take place, assuming they win their next bouts.

    But Hearn thinks it’s got a 50 per cent chance of happening this year.

    “Anthony Joshua is probably the easiest boxer I have ever worked with,” he told Betfred.


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    “He literally will fight anybody and he is very keen on unifying the titles and Tyson has the missing belt.

    “Tyson is not afraid of anyone, at the same time.

    “And he knows if he beats Joshua he will be an even bigger global figure.

    “The good news about this pile-up of global sport events is that there will be competition for airtime when sport returns and people will not pay for tick-over contests.

    Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is a '50-50 chance' it happens THIS year, says Barry Hearn

    Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is a ’50-50 chance’ it happens THIS year, says Barry Hearn (Image: GETTY)

    “I think we have an excellent chance of seeing that fight.

    “I would say 50-50 it is this year and, if it is not this year, then it’s 95-5 for early 2021.

    “I am always confident because it is a big fight.

    “The demand for it is huge but there are complications, as there always are.”

    Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren expressed his desire for that fight to happen when speaking to Express Sport last week.

    But he thinks it’s more likely to happen in February 2021.

    He said: “Hopefully we get the rematch some time in October or November and then we’re looking at probably February next year for Joshua, providing he doesn’t get beat by Pulev. “

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