Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury ‘still a massive fight’, Frank Warren says

Joshua lost WBA, IBF and WBO belts following unanimous defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua could still fight Tyson Fury despite recently losing his heavyweight title belts, according to promoter Frank Warren.

Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO crowns at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium via unanimous decision to Oleksandr Usyk last week, scuppering a showdown with Fury, the WBC title-holder, in the biggest British heavyweight bout of all time.

Fury defends his title for the first time against Deontay Wilder in their trilogy clash in Las Vegas on Saturday, but if the Briton is successful then co-promoter Warren believes a bout against Joshua could still be arranged.

“If Tyson wins the fight we’ll sit down,” Warren told BBC Sport. “There’s a few options there. Usyk would be a massive fight. The Joshua fight is still a massive fight.

“I do believe the public buys into that fight even if AJ isn’t champion. If he did fight Tyson he would have a lot to prove and I do think the public would buy into it.”

Joshua is expected to take on Usyk again early next year after the Ukrainian’s team confirmed last week a rematch clause had been activated in principle, while Fury is targeting a homecoming fight after Wilder.

It has been three years since Fury last fought in the UK – when he outpointed Francesco Pianeta in Belfast – and his showdown against Wilder this weekend will be his fifth successive bout in the United States.

“There’s no [Americans] out there for him to fight,” Warren added. “I think he’ll be back here which will be a great homecoming.”

Updated: October 4th 2021, 10:56 AM