By Jeff Aronow: Tyson Fury is working hard with his cutman Jorge Capetillo this week in Las Vegas in preparing for his unification fight with Anthony Joshua. We still don’t have a date or a site for the fight, but the promoters are working hard behind the scenes setting it up.
Matchroom Boxing CEO Frank Smith sounds confident the Joshua – Fury fight will get made in July. Smith says they should have more information in the next few weeks on when and where the fight will occur.
If the Joshua vs. Fury fight does get pushed to August, September, or November, it’ll work in Tyson’s favor. The extra time will help him get in the kind of condition he needs to beat Joshua.
“The Grind Don’t Stop With El Rey 👑,” said Jorge Capetillo on Instagram in Fury’s training.
The speed and combination punching will help Fury, but he’s going to have to be careful with Joshua’s power game. He’s a much better fighter than Fury’s last opponent Deontay Wilder, and he’s capable of fighting on the inside.
That’s something Fury hasn’t had to deal with in his biggest career matches against Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua vs. Fury still possible for July or August
“We’re really hopeful we can make that happen, and there’s been a number of proposals put together,” said Frank Smith, the CEO of Matchroom Boxing to Behind The Gloves on the Joshua vs. Fury fight.
“In the next few weeks, I’m hoping we’re in a better place to come out publically,” said Smith. “Both guys want it, so now is the time to make the fight happen. I think we’re still looking at July, August time.
“We’re pushing for July, and that’s always been the plan to make it happen to happen around then. We’re going in the right direction.
“I don’t want to put a time frame on it. If you put a time frame on it, everyone is going to say, ‘You said it was going to,'” said Smith.
Matchroom shouldn’t give a time frame on the Joshua – Fury fight because then the boxing public won’t feel let down if it fails to happen.
Eddie Hearn has already said that July is when he hopes the fight will occur, so the fans are already primed for that.
Fury hasn’t made any complaints since Tuesday
“I haven’t heard anything more from him since Tuesday,” said Smith in talking about Fury’s deadline to hear positive news. “He’s quite a vocal character. Like I said, I haven’t heard anything bad from him yet, so maybe he got what he wanted on Tuesday.
“I think the UK would be great [for Joshua vs. Fury], but there are still a lot of restrictions in place. Unless things dramatically change over the next few days, the UK would be very difficult,” said Smith.
It would seem that his promoters told Fury something positive about the site deal because he’s been quiet since Tuesday.
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