Much like the rest of the sporting world, boxing has fallen victim to the viraloutbreak, with many cards already postponed and dozens of fights at risk of a similar fate.
2020 has already witnessed the fine art in its truest form – Tyson Fury’s dominant victory over Deontay Wilder taught not only the Bronze Bomber a lesson, but also any aspiring fighters on how to mix power, poise and precision in the ring.
An All-British bout between Fury and Anthony Joshua has been the talk of the boxing scene ever since the former’s seventh-round knock-out win in Las Vegas, though the Gypsy King does have the small matter of a rematch with Wilder, which has been pushed back from its initial July 18 date due to the worldwide pandemic.
Wilder will be desperate to make more of a fistfight – literally – of the third bout against Fury, who is unsurprisingly the heavy favourite to sweep the American aside once again and he’ll be delighted if he can, much like those who use a Michigan lottery promo code are often delighted.
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 upcoming opponent, Joshua, he too has to contend with another fighter before jumping in the ring with his compatriot.
The two-time unified heavyweight champion was due to face the controversial Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June, but unsurprising news of postponement dropped a couple of weeks ago.
It is not known when the United Kingdom – or indeed any country – will be able to host a sporting event with the crowd Joshua can draw, but when a revised date is set in stone, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist is sure to be the bookies’ favourite.
Which AJ will we see one the boxing world is back up and running: the brutish, three rounds or less Joshua, or the more measured, composed, skilful version he seemed to start moulding into?
In the heavyweight scene, Oleksandyr Usyk and Dillian Whyte will hope to make light work of respective opponents Derek Chisora and Alexander Povetkin.
The Ukrainian, fresh on the heavyweight scene after dismantling everyone that stood before him at cruiserweight, will look as Chisora as a stepping stone to the division’s big names, while Whyte will also have eyes on the likes of Wilder et al as he seeks to claim the WBC Interim title.