The sport of boxing appears to be alive and well.
Canelo Alvarez just signed a historic $365 million deal recently to appear exclusively on the DAZN platform, and there are other huge fights already signed (Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury) or having the potential to happen, such as Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Mikey Garcia and Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence.
The heavyweight division in particular has been getting a lot of notice, due to the theatrics of the Wilder vs. Fury press conference and overall buzz on the fight, as well as the star-studded status of IBF,WBA,WBO champion Anthony Joshua, who continues to see his stock grow. Wilder vs. Fury takes place on December 1st from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and if the winner can somehow face Joshua next year, it would be huge for the sport.
But if Joshua isn’t able to face either, he surely will have other opponents to look at. On October 27th, once-beaten contenders Hughie Fury and Kubrat Pulev will face off in a clash that will determine the mandatory for the IBF belt that Joshua holds.
During a recent interview with the Mirror, Fury issued several statements on this camp and a future fight with Joshua.
Training at the Team Fury gym in Bolton, Fury admitted he wasn’t one for word
“I’m not much of a talker, I let my fists do the talking,” said Fury (21-1, 11 KO’s). “But I believe 100 percent I can beat him. This is the plan. I believe everything happens for a reason. I’m working away in the shadows, making my way to the top.”
Fury’s only defeat was a close battle to Joseph Parker a year ago, yet the 24-year old claims he is leaps and bounds improved and ready to claim what is his.
“One hundred per cent,” said the 24-year old Fury. “I want one belt and then I want the rest whether that’s against Joshua or whoever.”
Pulev too is a tough nut to crack, with his only loss coming to Wladimir Klitschko in November of 2014, and he has promised to bring fireworks of his own.
But all you have to do is listen to Fury’s father Peter to get a sense for the confidence coming from their camp.
“I think the heavyweight scene now is coming to a head, who belongs where,” said Peter, who also trained Fury’s cousin Tyson, who shocked Klitschko in late 2015 to become lineal champion.
“They’ll all fight,” said Peter. “Sooner or later it will happen. By the end of next year, we will know exactly who the reigning number one is.”
The pot continues to stir and here’s hoping we can see young Hughie in the kind of fights he deserves next year, win or lose vs. Pulev.