The heavyweight division is heating up as Tyson Fury claims to have sent Anthony Joshua a contract for a seismic showdown set to take place at Wembley Stadium in September. The two British heavyweights have been linked for years, with fans clamoring for an all-UK matchup between the two giants. Fury has criticized Joshua for allegedly failing to meet a self-imposed deadline to sign a contract for their proposed September fight.
Joshua is coming off a win over Jermaine Franklin on April 1, but some question if he has what it takes to reclaim heavyweight supremacy. He was working with new trainer Derrick James for the first time in that fight.
In other news, Oleksandr Usyk’s team won the purse bid for his upcoming world title defense against mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois scheduled for August.
Separately, Chris Billam-Smith will challenge Lawrence Okolie for the WBO cruiserweight world title at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth. The two fighters have a history as they trained together for years under Shane McGuigan, accumulating over 300 sparring rounds. Okolie recently split from McGuigan and joined forces with SugarHill Steward, finally clearing the path for this long-awaited matchup.