Anthony Joshua: “If People Want The Fury, I Will Vacate WBO Title”

Anthony Joshua willing to vacate WBO for Fury fight

Anthony Joshua (left), Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua (left), Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua willing to vacate WBO for Fury fight


Right now, the biggest fight that needs to happen in 2021 is WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21ko) and fellow countryman unified champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-1, 22ko) to crown an undisputed champion.

However, the unified champion is willing to forgo undisputed by dropping the WBO belt to fight the rival WBC champion. That is not ideal, nor will it be a popular decision, and it may not be necessary given that mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13ko) is contemplating stepping aside. Equally important, fans and pundits will undoubtedly disapprove of such a move considering how long we all have been waiting to see a heavyweight undisputed champion crowned.

During an interview with iFL TV, the British unified champion spoke very candidly about wanting to get on with the fight.

“This ain’t about PR, this ain’t about a popularity contest, this ain’t about who is scared and who’s not scared. Cause when the first bell goes, there isn’t any fear in none of us. We just there to fight.”

“When he went online and spoke. I was just like that is just what I am not standing for. I am not here to talk and do less action; less talk, and more action right now. Let’s get the fight done, it is the fight people want to see.”

Wait, there is more!

Joshua made it clear that a fight with Fury is more important than undisputed. If the fans would rather see them fight, this would mean forgoing undisputed so the will of the people can win.

“Do they care if I lose a belt to Usyk? Do I have to give one up? I am not too sure right now. I don’t want to because it is the road to undisputed, but if that is the case and the people want to see the fight, and they don’t care, then I will give it up.”

By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."