In this week’s Battle Talk we take a look at the challenges that still require to be conquered prior to Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua can combat next year, Dillian Whyte takes legal action versus the WBC after Fury-Joshua two-fight ‘arrangement in principle,’ Chris Eubank Jr takes a dig at competing Billy Joe Saunders and Mike Tyson teaches UFC star Henry Cejudo how to toss the best uppercut.
Fury-AJ ‘agreed’ – but Whyte takes legal action
It was a statement that amazed lots of in boxing recently as world champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua concurred monetary terms for a two-fight deal in2021
2 Britons. For all of the belts. In the heavyweight department. Can it get any better than this?
We’ve currently started debating about who wins and how. In reality, Britain’s WBO super-middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders is so positive his pal Fury will become the undisputed champion that he told IFL TV he is prepared to bet the whole handbag for his next fight on it.
But before we get too fired up – and not wishing to put a dampener on your optimism – there are a few challenges to conquer prior to we can be entirely positive Fury-AJ will actually occur.
Joshua is scheduled to face Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev – the IBF obligatory challenger – next, while Fury needs to first get rid of Deontay Wilder once again.
Boxing fans, appropriately, were fast to point out winning those fights isn’t a given for the champs …
And what about Dillian Whyte? The Briton is the mandatory challenger for Fury’s WBC belt. And he’s been in the top challenger position for nearly 1,000 days.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ is the ‘interim’ champ and was told he will get his shot by February 2021, prior to the statement of the Fury-Joshua two-fight contract.
Well it appears his persistence has actually worn after WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed Whyte has actually started legal procedures against the approving body over the date of his obligatory shot.
” There is a treatment with regards to the date of the obligatory in the heavyweight department,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports.
” Upon direct recommendations of WBC legal counsel I am not in position to go over any even more.”
Previously in the week, Whyte’s sibling stated the heavyweight had “been failed” by promoter Eddie Hearn, who likewise represents Joshua.
” It’s unjust, it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Dean Whyte told IFL TELEVISION.
But Matchroom Boxing’s Hearn still expects Whyte to deal with Fury by February 2021 and told Sky Sports the Londoner might even action in for Wilder, needs to the American withdraw from his world-title rematch.
That stated, it does not seem Whyte is on Fury’s radar for the time being.
” I have actually fought the most vicious punchers in their own nations. I don’t fear a stocky plodder who steps forward with no power,” the Fury told Dev Sahni on The Lockdown Rundown …
Another spanner in the works for Fury-Joshua might can be found in the kind of Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk. The previous cruiserweight king is the obligatory opposition for Joshua’s WBO belt and will be searching for his shot at a heavyweight title.
Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has an easy response to all these hurdles.
” It’s probably better if Dillian Whyte battles Usyk to get a real competitor,” he informed Talksport.
Eubank Jr takes dig at Saunders
There’s little doubt some boxing ‘rivalries’ are created to develop pre-fight hype.
But there is absolutely no love lost in between former foes Chris Eubank Jr and Billy Joe Saunders.
After Saunders won their 2016 clash on points, the back-and-forth garbage continued. And almost 6 years later on, it is still going strong.
Eubank Jr was requested his ideas on Saunders potentially missing out on out on a mega-money making battle with Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
” That’s what he deserves, the guy’s a scoundrel,” he informed Talksport.
” He’s a very bad agent for the sport all of us like. Why should he battle Canelo when he’s going to go in there and try and endure for the money?”
The bitterness between these 2 is something else. A rematch needs to take place eventually in their careers, for the accumulation alone, if absolutely nothing else.
Mike Tyson teaches UFC’s Henry Cejudo
Who better to discover from than the previous heavyweight champ of the world and a male when hailed as ‘the baddest guy on the planet’?
Mike Tyson – who desires to battle once again this year at the age of 53 – has actually been putting UFC star Henry Cejudo through his rates.
Olympic gold medallist Cejudo, 33, went on to end up being UFC bantamweight champion, prior to retiring from mixed martial arts last month.
And it appears he and Tyson have developed quite the friendship. They appeared together at an All Elite Fumbling occasion last month and are now collaborating in the health club, with ‘Iron Mike’ sharing the tricks behind those notorious and explosive uppercuts and hooks …
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