Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua: Date, location and everything you need to know about the undisputed heavyweight showdown

The eagerly anticipated all-British bout for heavyweight supremacy appears to be edging closer after months of negotiations.

Published: 17 May 2021 - 1.56pm
Boxing Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua

After years of speculation and months of negotiations, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are set to meet later this year in one of the biggest boxing events to ever be staged.

WBC champion Fury hasn’t fought since sensationally defeating Deontay Wilder in February 2020 while Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, successfully defended his titles against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December.

With official confirmation on the horizon, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about Fury vs Joshua.

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When is Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua?

Subject to an official confirmation, Fury vs Joshua will take place on Saturday 14 August, after the conclusion of the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Sunday 8 August.

The conclusion of the Olympics should also mean that Joshua will have trainer Rob McCracken, who heads up GB Boxing, in his corner.

Where will Fury vs Joshua take place?

The fight is set to take place in Saudi Arabia, with capital city Riyadh or Jeddah expected to play host as Joshua defends his WBO, WBA and IBF titles and Fury puts his WBC strap on the line.

The Gulf state, which could welcome British fans for the event, hosted Joshua’s rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr at a purpose-built venue in December 2019.

The team behind the event in Saudi have reportedly put forward $150m (£107m) for the right to play host.

What’s the latest news on Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua?

The super-fight took another step closer when Fury took to social media on Sunday 16 May to announce that the long-awaited showdown would go ahead this summer.

In a video posted on his own social media account, the 32-year-old said: “I have got some massive news. I have just got off the phone with Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia and he told me this fight is 100 per cent on, August 14.

“All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“I cannot wait, I repeat, cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all time.

“This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet Earth. Do not miss it.”

Prior to Fury’s announcement, Joshua addressed his British rival on social media.

He wrote: “‘Spartan’. I’m tired. My fans are tired. Your fans are tired. We’re all tired of the talk. Less talk. More action! @Tyson_Fury.”

Fury replied: “Are you ready for a war? Working hard to give the fans a big KO!”

When will Fury vs Joshua be announced?

We are still awaiting an official confirmation from both parties despite Fury’s statement on social media.

Joshua’s promotor Eddie Hearn, who confirmed that the bout will take place in Saudi Arabia, has suggested that an announcement is imminent despite Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum claiming the fight was “dead in the water” in April.

What belts are on the line in Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua?

Despite talk earlier in the year that some belts may have to be dropped, all four world titles will be on the line if Fury vs Joshua meet in August as planned.

No heavyweight in history has held all four recognised world titles before.

Who is the favourite in Fury vs Joshua?

The bookmakers have made Tyson Fury as an early favourite to beat Anthony Joshua:

Tyson Fury: 8/15

Anthony Joshua: 11/8

Odds correct at the time of writing courtesy of Bet365.