Like the rest of the sporting world, boxing has fallen victim to viral outbreaks, with many cards already exposed and dozens of fights risking a similar fate.
2020 has already witnessed art in its true form – Tyson Fury’s dominant victory over Deontay Wilder taught not only the Bronze Bomber a lesson, but also all aspiring warriors on how to mix power, balance and precision in the ring.
An all-British fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua has been the talk of the boxing scene ever since the aforementioned seventh-round knockout victory in Las Vegas, though Gypsy King has the small question of a rematch with Wilder, who has been pushed back from his original date of July 18 due to the worldwide pandemic.
But when will it happen, where will it happen, and most importantly; by what method will Fury defeat Wilder next time? Or will we see the former WBC champion restore pride and possession of said belt?
As for Fury’s presumed future opponent, Joshua, he must also fight another fighter before jumping into the ring with his compatriot.
The two-time overall heavyweight champion was due to face the controversial Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June, but the surprising news of the postponement fell a few weeks ago.
It is not known when the United Kingdom – or indeed any country – will be able to host a sporting event with the amount that Joshua can draw, but when a revised date is set in stone, the Olympic gold medal is in 2012 certainly the bookmakers. ‘favorite.
Which AJ will we see one where the boxing world is going on again: the brutal, three rounds or less Joshua or the more measured, complex, skilled version he seemed to start molding into?
In the heavyweight scene, Oleksandyr Usyk and Dillian Whyte hope to do easy work with their respective opponents Derek Chisora and Alexander Povetkin.
The Ukrainian, fresh on the heavyweight scene after dismantling everyone standing in front of him in cruiserweight, will look like Chisora as a springboard to the division’s big names, while Whyte will also look at Wilder et al, as he tries to claim WBC Interim title.