An announcement for a potential match between boxing heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko is being delayed until the future of Tyson Fury is resolved
Fury, who has long been a controversial figure in the public eye, has until next week to convince the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) to not strip him of his titles after reportedly failing a drugs test in the United States. This follows a personal admission to have “done lots of cocaine”.
The prospect of Fury being relinquished of his titles has held off an announcement of Joshua’s mega-fight with ex-heavyweight king Klitschko - who was unbeaten for a decade before handing his belts to Fury last year.
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Theoretically, this means the fight could be for three world crowns if Fury does lose his case, as Joshua’s IBF title would be in the mix as well.
The BBBofC are expected to meet on Wednesday; on the day when Fury could be set to relinquish his WBO and WBA titles and stripped of his license.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has announced that he expects a deal to be struck for December, but insists that it needs to be done by this week.
Hearn is currently in advanced talks about a world title fight between Joshua and Klitschko - which could potentially involve one of Fury’s relinquished belts - and the fight is likely to take place at the Manchester Arena on either December 10 or 17.
He made a statement on the issue saying: "I think there's no excuse, but if it's going to happen, it has to be signed or get announced this week because if it doesn't then I don't think it's going to happen.”
Despite all this, it's unlikely an announcement of the Joshua/Klitschko fight will be announced until Fury's future is resolved.
Joshua’s fellow boxer and friend David Haye has spoken of his delight at the potential clash between Joshua and Klitschko, and is obviously backing his friend to come out on top. His admission does perhaps hint of a potential deal being already agreed.
Haye tweeted: "I think there's no excuse, but if it's going to happen, it has to be signed or get announced this week because if it doesn't then I don't think it's going to happen.”