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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury still planning on 2021 fight to unify heavyweight belts despite Covid’s financial strain

ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury’s dream all-British heavyweight unification fight is still planned for next year.

IBF, WBA and WBO champion AJ and the WBC title-holding Gypsy King have agreed financial terms for two fights in 2021.

Both men first have to come through defences that have yet to be decided on.

Joshua looks set to face Kubrat Pulev while Fury is waiting to discover when his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder takes place.

Despite the pair’s agreement for two clashes, a number of problems have arisen through the financial impact of the coronavirus.

But Top Rank president Todd DuBoef says there remains a “gravitation to to bring the titles together” sooner rather than later.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the boss of Fury’s US-based promoters said: ”There is a gravitation to bring the titles together, and that would be Joshua and Fury.

“Obviously we would have loved to do that before the end of this year, but for the pandemic.

“I don’t think anybody is wavering from that objective.

“Both guys have great personalities, they can fight, and it is overdue. Let’s get it done.”

DuBoef added: “It would be the biggest fight in the history of the UK, for sure.

“In order to be a really big fight you have to have a large gate; for example Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao did $70m at the gate.

“I don’t know what the world will look like in spring 2021.

“What will the economics look like? We need to see how things change.

“But it’s as big a fight as anything I’ve seen in the sport.”

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