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By Adam Smith & James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 30/09/20 5: 56am
Anthony Joshua has questioned why Tyson Rage has not been in “more challenging competitions” because his rival’s career continues to be so much longer.
IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and WBC title-holder Fury have got agreed terms to two battles in 2021 to decide an proven heavyweight ruler, with promoter Eddie Hearn suggesting contracts are almost ready to be sent out.
Fury is a year older in 32 but began his professional career five years earlier — Joshua insists his rival is not in enough major fights.
“Remember, he was a heavyweight well before the time, ” Joshua told Sky Sports .
“He turned professional within 2008. That was the year I had the first amateur fight!
“I never thought I would cope up to Fury. He was certainly not someone that was on my adnger zone.
“So I’ve certainly not known Tyson until I switched professional and started barking on the heels of these heavyweights who were bright.
“I started getting some heat. Now they grew to become relevant in my life.
“My relationship with Tyson is just because I progressed as quickly as I did so, and he didn’t progress as quickly.
“He’s had two great wins – against Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.
“Over a long period of time, a career which has spanned 12 years, I would have got liked to have seen him in certain more challenging competitions.
“But he knows what is right for your pet, and I know what is right for me. As being a fighter he has done what this individual needs to do to be in the position they are in today, so good luck in order to him. ”
Prior to the undisputed title can be decided between your British rivals, they must each cope with an upcoming defence.
Joshua will put his belts at risk against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, targeted for December 12, plus Fury is contracted to a 3rd fight with Wilder.
Joshua said: “Providing I get past Pulev, what more can I do to demonstrate that I am ready to fight Rage? ”
How close can be Joshua vs Fury?
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn earlier told Sky Sports activities : “I’m very sure you are going to see two versions of that combat in 2021. I think we’re in the verge now of papering that will deal with (Fury’s US-based promoter) Greg Arum. We haven’t done this yet, but all the conversations are usually positive.
“We possess a lot on our plates with the outbreak, making sure we keep boxing full of life and trying to deliver those battles for AJ and Fury, yet I think 2021, I’m very certain you’ll see those two fights. inch
Top Rank leader Todd duBoef told Sky Sports : “There is really a gravitation to bring the titles collectively, and that would be Joshua and Rage. Obviously we would have loved to achieve that before the end of this year, however for the pandemic.
“I don’t think anybody is wavering through that objective.
“Both guys have great personalities, they could fight, and it is overdue. Let’s take action. ”
Do you know the obstacles?
Aside from their particular next challengers, Pulev and Wilder respectively, Joshua and Fury possess other mandatory challengers to manage.
Oleksandr Usyk will be the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBO belt and his co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports activities : “He has agreed to allow AJ versus Pulev happen, along with regards that the winner fights your pet next. This statement is still strong. ”
Alexander Povetkin became the mandatory challenger to Fury’s WBC title when he bumped out Dillian Whyte.
He will defend that status within a rematch with Whyte on Nov 21, live on Atmosphere Sports Box Office.
Povetkin’s promoter Alexander Ryabinskiy told Sky Sports activities they want to fight Rage: “We will work in this direction.
“The fight for the world name is a big event in the career associated with any fighter, and with every reason behind this, of course we will seek an important defence from the WBC. ”
Sky Sports activities schedule
The Golden Agreement – Sept 30 live on Atmosphere Sports
Ohara Davies vs Tyrone McKenna
Buatsi vs Calic – Oct four, live on Sky Sports
Joshua Buatsi vs Marko Calic
Chantelle Cameron j. vs Adriana Dos Santos Araujo
Alen Babic versus Niall Kennedy
Aqib Fiaz vs Kane Baker
Linus Udofia vs Ruben Harding Jr
Ritson vs Vazquez : Oct 17, live on Sky Sports activities
Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez
Savannah Marshall vs Hannah Rankin
Jones Patrick Ward
Usyk vs Chisora – Oct 31, live on Skies Sports Box Office
Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora
Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 – November 21, live on Sky Sports Package Office
Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte