Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury: More than one reason why April 2018 is unworkable
Tyson Fury recently announced the April 18 date promoter Eddie Hearn has booked for a massive heavyweight clash with Anthony Joshua in 2018.
There just one fatal flaw in the date given by Fury this week…it’s a Wednesday!
Now unless Hearn plans on restructuring the whole workings of his operation at Matchroom Sport and expects people to take some extra time off work in the spring of next year, my guess is that’s not the date any encounter would go primarily ahead.
April in 2018 without the 18th earmarked was probably the date relayed by Hearn and was lost in translation somewhere along the way.
On to a second massive doubt in Fury’s plan to regain all his titles.
Joshua has put an exception request in with the IBF to delay a mandatory fight with Kubrat Pulev, which was due to happen next.
‘AJ’ wants all his newly-acquired belts intact when he faces Klitschko in a return at the end of the year, and therefore asked IBF President Daryl Peoples to consider allowing him one more fight.
Pulev and his handlers at Sauerland would obviously have to agree, although Joshua then needs to persuade the WBA and Luis Ortiz to do similar in order to have all three of his titles on the line.
Imagine both the IBF and WBA agree to this appeal, Joshua would then have to fight Klitschko, before Pulev and or the Cuban Ortiz in his next two fights, which leaves no window of opportunity whatsoever to accommodate Fury.
The 2012 Olympic Champion would certainly have to drop one, possibly a couple of his coveted championships in order to make the Fury fight a reality, which in the grand scheme of things looks highly unlikely.
Joshua is gaining big momentum from being the unified heavyweight king right now, with his name catapulted across the globe, so dropping titles is low on the agenda – even more so once the rematch with Klitschko has been completed.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay