Anthony Joshua Accepts Fight With Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua at the weigh in ahead of his fight against Oleksandr Usyk in 2021
Anthony Joshua at the weigh in ahead of his fight against Oleksandr Usyk in 2021. Photo by Simon Dael/Shutterstock (12462664c)

Former heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua will get a surprising new opportunity to fight for a title again. Joshua accepted to fight WBC champ, Tyson Fury, with the fight reportedly expected to take place on December 3rd at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

The news was confirmed by 258MGT, Joshua’s management company, via social media on Tuesday.

According to ESPN, despite Joshua agreeing to the fight under Fury’s terms, there are still some hurdles the two camps will have to overcome. Principality Stadium is reportedly a stand-in, as promoters are trying to gauge interest from more high-profile venues. Also, it is unclear who will broadcast the fight since Joshua and Fury have exclusive deals with different broadcasters.

Joshua, who has a career record of 24 wins and three losses, had his last fight in August against Oleksandr Usyk. The 32-year-old suffered a split-decision loss, meaning he failed to recoup the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles he lost the first two times they met in the ring.

Fury, who is undefeated in 32 fights, most recently had a TKO win against Dillian Whyte in April to retain his WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles. The 34-year-old boxer announced he was retiring in early August but quickly changed his mind and expressed interest in a unification fight against Usyk. After Usyk said he doesn’t intend to fight anymore this year, Fury then shifted his focus to Joshua.