Anthony Joshua predicts date for Tyson Fury showdown

Anthony Joshua has claimed that his fight against Tyson Fury will take place in June.

Rumours have abounded for months over the potential staging of the unification bout between the two Brits.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said back in January that talks were “going well” between the two fighters’ camps, but no more official announcements have been made since.

And as recently as last week, Fury told ESPN that negotiations were “no further forward today than we were a year ago“.

But Joshua’s recent statement suggests that further details surrounding the fight could soon be set to emerge.

Speaking to JD Sports, he said: “June should be the date. Trust me.

“For the fans, for the people that have calling it on for many months.

“Shoutout to Fury and his team as well, hungry go getters, that’s what we are.

“UK stand up. I can’t wait. Undisputed.”

One of the biggest-ever fights in UK boxing

The potential unification fight between Joshua and Fury – the two heavyweight champions of the world -has been one of the most eagerly-anticipated in British boxing history.

Fury has held the WBC, the Ring and lineal titles since defeating Deontay Wilder in February last year. Joshua, meanwhile, claimed the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts when he knocked out Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2019.

Joshua completed a successful defence of his titles last December against Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena.

Despite an even first couple of rounds, the Brit quickly grew into the fight and knocked down Pulev on three occasions. He won the fight via knockout in the ninth round.

The Bulgarian went into the fight as the IBF mandatory challenger. Victory for Joshua cleared another hurdle blocking the path to any potential Fury fight.

Oleksandr Usyk next stood in his way as the WBO mandatory challenger, but the Ukrainian now looks set to fight Joe Joyce later this year.

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