BY ARTHUR KING
Following Tyson Fury’s positive test for cocaine, and the second cancellation of his much anticipated match up with Wladimir Klitschko, promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that an announcement surrounding a future encounter between the Ukrainian and Anthony Joshua is imminent. Despite many expecting Kiwi Joseph Parker to be the man to face the IBF Heavyweight champion due to being the mandatory challenger, it now appears that he has lost out to veteran Klitschko, with a whole host of fighters lining up to face the unbeaten Londoner. Hearn had originally planned for Joshua to enter the ring at the end of November, however an encounter with Klitschko in December appears the more likely option at this stage, with Joshua the early favourite in the boxing odds among bookmakers.
Elsewhere, former heavyweight Champion David Haye has admitted that he would jump at the chance of taking on his compatriot Joshua, as the 35-year-old closes in on a title shot once again. Despite the likelihood of the duo meeting this year seeming unlikely given recent speculation, bookmakers Coral still offer Joshua favourable boxing odds of 2/5 on to overcome Haye should the two meet in the near future. Like Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in the middleweight division, the odds say he’ll be the one to watch in the heavyweight division over the next few years, with Haye just one of a number of fighters hoping to secure a showcase bout with Joshua.
Meanwhile, given his long-term rivalry with Joshua, and despite having already been defeated by the IBF Champion, Dillian Whyte is confident of eventually earning a rematch. Whyte famously defeated Joshua in their amateur days, and gave his compatriot the toughest test of his professional career to date back in December 2015, and Coral certainly expect a rematch further down the line, with Joshua unsparingly the overwhelming favourite in the boxing odds on their website.
As for Tyson Fury, the shamed fighter has stated that he is happy for others to fight it out for his belts, as long as he gets the opportunity to win them back in the future. Fury tested positive for cocaine twice in recent months, and is thought to be seeking medical advice before unveiling his plans for the future. A potential match-up between Fury and Joshua would certainly capture the imagination of the British public, with the contrast in fighting styles sure to provide a box office heavyweight clash.