Joshua and Fury are expected to fight at least once in 2021, with AJ bringing his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles and Fury adding his WBC strap to a mouth-watering heavyweight unification scrap.
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Joshua holds three of the four major world titles and his next two fights could be against mandatory challengers.
And he’s got big targets on his mind when he does, but first he needs to deal with mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
It is understood Joshua’s defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO crowns against Kubrat Pulev has been pencilled in for December 12 at London’s O2 Arena, while Fury, the WBC champion, is committed to a third bout with Deontay Wilder.
Fury, who won the WBC heavyweight title in February, has prior experience of professional wrestling after beating Brawn Strowman during WWE’s 2019 pay-per-view Crown Jewel.
The Gypsy King is currently closing in on a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder on December 19, though the fight is far from certain given the ever-changing global situation.
Dillian Whyte’s KO defeat to Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night removed the WBC mandatory that threatened to disrupt a potential undisputed fight next year.
Wilder and Fury are set to do battle for a third time after the Brit convincingly defeated the former WBC heavyweight champion via a seventh-round stoppage in Las Vegas earlier this year.
The WBC champion issued an ominous promise to his main rivals during a car ride with his father, John, after a morning run.
The arch rivals bumped into each other in Marbella, Spain over the weekend in a chance meeting between the pair as they both took time to relax ahead of their training camps.
Fury dealt Wilder the first defeat of his professional career earlier this year as he stopped him in the seventh round in Las Vegas.
Fury pummelled Wilder into submission in Las Vegas back in February, in the second of what will be a trilogy of fights.
However, December 19 is the new date in mind to complete the trilogy with Top Rank executive Brad Jacobs stating that “locations all over the world” are under consideration.
The Brixton heavyweight faces Alexander Povetkin on August 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and will then target his mandatory shot at the WBC title, currently held by Fury, which is due to take place in February 2021.
Joshua and Fury, who hold all the heavyweight titles between them, agreed to face each other twice in 2021 earlier this month, with the financial aspects of the deal already ironed out.
As Fury and Joshua continue to talk up a potential meeting in 2021 and a follow-up immediately after, Sulaiman moved to reassure mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte.
Tyson Fury announced he had agreed terms for a two-fight deal with Joshua in 2021 in what would be the first undisputed heavyweight showdown in over 20 years.
British ministers originally said that school food vouchers would not be available over the long holiday, prompting the 22-year-old forward to take up the cause and reveal how he had relied on such support as a boy.
Iron Mike is now into his 50s but is set for a return to the ring – something Fury has backed.
The British fighter is the mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury’s WBC title and has officially held that position since last July.