As all boxing fans have heard, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have agreed to fight each other.
With both unbeaten fighters being incredibly outspoken, the pre-fight build up was always going to be an entertaining one for fans of the heavyweight division.
The sub-stories of this fight are particularly intriguing.
Fury fights Wilder in only his third fight since returning from his controversial ban, with many questioning whether he still possesses the same speed, agility and timing he so evidently possessed to dismantle Wladimir Klitschko by a unanimous decision in 2015 to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world.
Wilder, by contrast, is a knockout fighter. He has knocked out every opponent he has ever fought with 19 of his 39 knockouts coming in the first round.
However, despite one of the biggest and most intriguing fights of the year in the highly competitive and much talked about heavyweight division taking place in only a couple of months, Fury seems to have a greater conflict with Anthony Joshua than Wilder.
Fury has responded to Joshua’s interview with Sky Sports where Joshua discusses his upcoming fight with the Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on September 22.
The Watford-born Joshua dismisses whether the results of both his fight with Povetkin and Fury’s with Wilder will affect future fights as he believes the public demand will remain.
“I think we are always going to have to fight, we’re the same weight category and same era and it’s the fights that everybody wants to see so we will fight each other.”
Fury has since taken to his official Twitter to respond to Joshua’s interview.
“AJ is a fraud & a s***house.
“Stop trying to sell that bulls*** fight with Povetkin using my name.”
This could be interpreted as slightly hypocritical from The Gypsy King to criticise Joshua for suggesting potential fights following his upcoming fight with Povetkin.
Prior to his comeback fight with Sefer Seferi on June 9, Fury proposed potential fights with both Wilder and Joshua.
“Wilder and Joshua have world belts and are considered champions today, so let’s get the fights on.
“The fights need to be made. If boxing is to be loved and adored, big fights have to be made.
“I will fight Wilder and Joshua on the same night.’
Then Fury seemed to promote his fight with Wilder by walking in to ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd prior to his bout with Italian Francesco Pianeta on August 18.
Wilder was born in Alabama.
We would expect The Gypsy King to turn his full attention to his world championship fight with Wilder soon, where the American’s WBC heavyweight title will be on the line.