For years it felt like we were moving towards an inevitable heavyweight unification showdown between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
Now, the landscape of heavyweight boxing is entirely different.
Wilder is still the WBC heavyweight champion and will make his next defence against Luis Ortiz, but Joshua has since lost his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles to the little-fancied Andy Ruiz Jr.
Tyson Fury is due to face Otto Wallin on Saturday night and will then rematch Wilder in early 2020 after coming within inches of taking his title in December 2018.
AJ has the chance to reclaim his championships in Saudi Arabia on December 7 and if he wants those historic, money-spinning fights, he needs to win this time around.
However, according to Fury, he’s already had his chance to have those fights. Speaking to Mike Tyson on his Hot Boxin’ podcast Fury claimed that Joshua is the one who ducked that unification bout, when asked why he jumped back in with Wilder.
“At that time, it was a breath of fresh air because there was a heavyweight in England called [Anthony] Joshua, who was a world champion and he was unbeaten, and Wilder was over here [U.S.] and Joshua was over there and they were going back and forth for like over a year,” Fury said. “Bulls***, they didn’t want to fight each other.”
“I think it was more Joshua didn’t want to fight Wilder than the other way around. So I thought, you know what? Give me the fight.”
Fury would go on to outbox Wilder for the majority of their clash, but two knockdowns, including a last-gasp one for Wilder, seemed to save the champion a draw.