Frank Warren admitted coronavirus will dictate the place a battle between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will happen and put doubt whether or not that might be within the UK.
Everybody had hoped we’d lastly get to see the British heavyweight battle between AJ and Fury this summer season, however plans have been scuppered when the ‘Gypsy Kings’ was compelled to face Deontay Wilder.
That was because of occur this month, till Fury examined optimistic for coronavirus and it was put again to October.
Joshua is because of face Oleksandr Usyk on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
Any hopes it’s going to happen in 2021 have disappeared, and the soonest we will realistically hope for is early 2022.
It had seemed possible that Saudi Arabia would host the bout, however Warren, who co-promotes Fury, mentioned a variety of components will dictate the place it’s going to happen – if each fighters get via their upcoming fights.
He instructed talkSPORT: “Nobody can predict what’s going to occur with COVID. You concentrate on what has occurred in the previous couple of days, we’ve had a scenario the place the numbers are rising.
“We’re transferring to winter, except we go to Cardiff and put the roof on, there isn’t a different stadium you possibly can put a battle on in winter.
“They’re anticipating COVID goes to be robust this winter, they’re saying.
“It retains altering and evolving, half of Australia has simply shut down. Israel, who everybody was taking a look at and saying ‘look how nicely they’re doing’, they’ve had huge instances there once more.
“It’s occurring all over the place. On the finish of the day, what has to occur is we’ve obtained to drift and make the most of what’s round when the 2 guys battle.
“I hope by the point the fellows battle the COVID factor has been crushed and we’re in a a lot safer place and we will have a look at what our choices are.
“Initially, the fellows have gotten to win their fights, Joe (Joyce) has to win his battle. Everybody has obtained to win their battle.
“Something can occur with these large guys. One punch, bang, and it’s throughout. I’ve seen that occur.”
Joyce is preventing Carlos Takam this weekend and is the necessary WBO challenger, which means he might be in line to battle the winner of AJ vs Usyk.
Warren mentioned we are going to see AJ vs Fury first, however mentioned the 35-year-old was in a very good place for a title battle.
He added: “It means instantly after that battle Joe would be the necessary. When that necessary is due, the winner must battle him.
“If AJ will get via, we wish to see AJ vs Tyson battle, offering Tyson will get via, which I hope and imagine he’ll.
“There must be a little bit of persistence, however he’s in an actual good place. We’ve labored very exhausting to get him there.
“He can’t slip up on Saturday, he can’t afford to.”