Joshua: Why didn't Fury transfer ahead rapidly?
The Golden Contract Final, Tyrone McKenna v Ohara Davies, Wednesday, 8 p.m., live at Sky Sports Arena
By Adam Smith & James Dielhenn
Last updated: 09/30/205 05:56
How close is Anthony Joshua to Tyson Fury?
Anthony Joshua asked why Tyson Fury didn't participate in "more demanding competitions" because his rival's career had lasted so much longer.
IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and WBC defending champion Fury have agreed on two bouts in 2021 to decide an undisputed heavyweight ruler. Promoter Eddie Hearn suggests contracts are almost ready.
Fury is a year older at 32, but started his professional career five years earlier – Joshua insists his rival didn't have big enough fights.
Joshua and Fury hold every title belt
"Remember, he was a heavyweight long before I was ever," Joshua told Sky Sports.
"He turned pro in 2008. That year I had my first amateur fight!
"I never thought I'd catch up with Fury. He's never been someone on my radar.
"So I never knew Tyson until I got professional and started barking on the heels of those docile heavyweights.
"I started bringing some warmth. Now they got relevant in my life.
"My relationship with Tyson is just that I've progressed as quickly as I have, and he hasn't progressed as quickly.
"He's had two good wins – against Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.
"Over a long period, a career of 12 years, I would have liked to see him in more demanding competitions.
"But he knows what's right for him and I know what's right for me. As a fighter, he did what he had to do to be in the position he is in today, so good luck to him . "
Before the undisputed title can be decided between the British rivals, they must each pass an upcoming defense.
Joshua will risk his belt against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, slated for December 12th, and Fury will be engaged in a third fight with Wilder.
Joshua said, "Assuming I get past Pulev, what more can I do to prove I'm ready to fight anger?"
Joshua will fight Pulev, which is scheduled for December 12th
How close is Joshua vs Fury?
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn previously told Sky Sports, "I am very sure that you will see two versions of this fight in 2021. I think we are about to document this deal (Fury's US promoter) Bob Arum We haven't done it yet, but all conversations are positive.
"We are dealing a lot with the pandemic to make sure we stay alive and try to deliver these fights for AJ and Fury, but I think 2021 I am very sure that you will see these two fights."
Senior President Todd duBoef told Sky Sports: "There's an attraction to bringing the titles together and that would be Joshua and Fury. Of course we would have liked to do that before the end of this year, but because of the pandemic."
"I don't think anyone deviates from this goal.
"Both guys have great personalities, they can fight and it's overdue. Let's do it."
Deontay Wilder will fight anger in a trilogy fight
What are the obstacles?
In addition to their next challengers, Pulev and Wilder, Joshua and Fury have other mandatory challengers to juggle with.
Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger to Joshua's WBO belt and his co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports: "He has agreed to let AJ against Pulev as the winner will fight him next. That statement is still solid."
Alexander Povetkin became the mandatory challenger to Fury's WBC title when he defeated Dillian Whyte.
He will defend this status in a rematch with Whyte live at the Sky Sports Box Office on November 21.
Povetkin's promoter Alexander Ryabinskiy told Sky Sports that they want to fight Fury: "We're going to work in that direction.
"The fight for the world title is a big event in any fighter's career and for any reason we will of course seek a mandatory defense of the WBC."
Sky Sports schedule
The Golden Contract – September 30th live on Sky Sports
Ohara Davies versus Tyrone McKenna
Buatsi vs Calic – Oct 4th, live on Sky Sports
Joshua Buatsi versus Marko Calic
Chantelle Cameron versus Adriana Dos Santos Araujo
Alen Babic versus Niall Kennedy
Aqib Fiaz versus Kane Baker
Linus Udofia versus John Harding Jr.
Ritson vs Vazquez – Oct 17th, Live on Sky Sports
Lewis Ritson versus Miguel Vazquez
Savannah Marshall versus Hannah Rankin
Thomas Patrick Ward
Usyk vs Chisora - October 31, live at the Sky Sports Box Office
Oleksandr Usyk versus Derek Chisora
Lee Selby vs.George Kambosos Jr.
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 – November 21, live at the Sky Sports Box Office
Alexander Povetkin versus Dillian Whyte