The pair will square off at Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London on Saturday night, with the Brit hoping to consolidate his status as unified heavyweight champion to set up an undisputed fight with Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder.
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Earlier this week, Fury laid the blame squarely at Joshua’s feet, insisting that the current world heavyweight did not want to risk losing his belts.
Despite the pair having an ongoing war of words over the last few years, Fury and Joshua have never managed to step into the ring together to unify the heavyweight division.
Fury defends his WBC belt against Wilder on October 9, which could finally set up an undisputed world title showdown against Joshua.
The WBO, WBA (Super) and IBF champion takes on Usyk later this month at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and is hopeful he can fight Fury next.
The rival heavyweight champions were close to confirming an undisputed fight this summer, only for Deontay Wilder to successfully win his arbitration case which forced Fury into a third meeting with him.
The WBC heavyweight champion has been inactive since February 2020 but returns to the ring on 9 October for his trilogy bout against Wilder.
Fury and Joshua are both in training camp for upcoming fights with the former facing American foe Wilder in a trilogy on October 9, while the latter is taking on Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.
The IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion is due to face Oleksandr Usyk in north London next month and victory would open the door for a fiercely-anticipated showdown with Fury.
Earlier this year, Joshua had been expected to face Fury in a fight that was widely considered the biggest in British boxing history.
The World heavyweight champ, who currently lives in Morecambe with his family, took to his Instagram Stories to confirm the news.
Joshua suffered a devastating defeat by the American back in 2019, when he was floored four times before eventually being defeated in the seventh round.
WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua had appeared set for a unification showdown with fellow Briton Fury, the WBC title-holder, before a United States arbitrator in May ordered the latter to have a third bout against Deontay Wilder.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury had signed a contract in May to fight American Wilder, 35, for a third time on July 24 but tested positive for Covid-19.
Dillian Whyte, who trained with Fury in many camps early on during his career, wants the World Boxing Council to act following a Covid delay.
The unbeaten Nigerian delivered another display of his destructive power, stopping Steven Lyons in the opening round in Miami on Saturday night.
The third clash between the WBC title holder and the American was set for July 24 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. However The Athletic reported on Friday that a spread of positive cases through Fury’s gym had made the bout, according to one primary source, “overwhelmingly problematic”.
Yet ‘The Gypsy King’ maintains it will not be a traditional MMA bout, instead offering Ngannou the chance to box him inside the Octagon whilst wearing four ounce gloves.
Wilder and the Gypsy King are going to meet for a third time after a judge ruled on the legitimacy at the American’s right to a rematch following his brutal defeat in Las Vegas back in February 2020.
Joshua and Fury had signed for a £150million undisputed heavyweight title fight in Saudi Arabia on August 14.