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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua LIVE updates: Fight date and ring walk time CONFIRMED, Saudi Arabia to host – latest

AJ VS FURY

ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury are training for their HUGE heavyweight world title fight.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says the fight will be taking place on August 14 in Saudi Arabia and the fight will take place at 9pm for British fans to watch.

Joshua's WBA, IBF and WBO titles are on the line with Fury's WBC championship in a massive unification showdown.

We'll be bringing you ALL of the latest developments on the bout plus all of the news from the world of boxing right here...

  • DAN THE MAN

    A potential future opponent for either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua.

    Daniel Dubois has split with trainer Mark Tibbs before their first fight together as he links up instead with Shane McGuigan.

    The 23-year-old decided to leave Martin Bowers and partner up with Tibbs after his defeat to Joe Joyce in November.

    But six months later – and with his comeback clash against Bogdan Dinu just three weeks away – The Mail have now reported that he has changed trainer once more.

    It is thought that the split between Tibbs and Dubois occurred after the trainer informed the fighter he had other commitments.

    Tibbs – who also coaches fellow heavyweight Dillian Whyte – was in the corner for Billy Joe Saunders’ defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last weekend.

  • GOOD MORNING BOXING FANS

    Anthony Joshua is champing at the bit to face Tyson Fury, who he plans to ‘absolutely demolish’ in their undisputed heavyweight title fight.

    Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports: “You will get a different AJ in this build-up.

    “He’s excited because he’s never really, apart from the Dillian Whyte fight, been in a trash talk environment. He will enjoy it.
    “AJ has got the bit between his teeth, goading him a bit.

    “I’m sure these two DM each other, goading each other. I get DMs from Fury – sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant!

    “When the announcement comes and the press conferences start, the pleasantries will go away and it will become personal.

    “It doesn’t matter who respects who. Both sides are desperate to win because this is everything.

    “There are no fun and games. It’s ‘them and us’.

    “AJ will go to war with Fury. He has plans to absolutely demolish him. That’s what I believe he will do.

    “In the meantime we will go through the build-up, which will be a lot of fun, before the biggest event of 2021.”

    Elsewhere, Fury has gone teetotal as he bids to keep his mental health demons at bay.

    The boxing champ, 32 — who confessed to drinking 12 pints a day — has vowed to family and friends he will stay off booze.

    “Gypsy King” Fury has spoken openly about his drink, drugs, and mental health issues in the past.

    He was spotted this week with his boxer half-brother Tommy, 22, relaxing by a pool in Miami — with Fury sipping from a bottle of alcohol-free lager.

    A source said: “Tyson has kicked the booze on the head for good.

    “It is not because of the boxing, because he can always get in shape for fights and obviously doesn’t drink during training camps.

    “Tyson is doing this for himself and his family — especially his wife Paris.

    “And he reckons it is the best way to be a great dad and stay in shape physically and mentally.”

  • TY-TOTAL

    Exclusive by Michael Hamilton: Tyson Fury has gone teetotal as he bids to keep his mental health demons at bay.

    The boxing champ, 32 — who confessed to drinking 12 pints a day — has vowed to family and friends he will stay off booze.

    “Gypsy King” Fury has spoken openly about his drink, drugs, and mental health issues in the past.

    He was spotted this week with his boxer half-brother Tommy, 22, relaxing by a pool in Miami — with Fury sipping from a bottle of alcohol-free lager.

    A source said: “Tyson has kicked the booze on the head for good.

    "It is not because of the boxing, because he can always get in shape for fights and obviously doesn’t drink during training camps.

    “Tyson is doing this for himself and his family — especially his wife Paris.

    “And he reckons it is the best way to be a great dad and stay in shape physically and mentally.”

  • TALE OF THE TAPE

    Here's a reminder of how the two British icons match-up...

  • DON'T ASK

    It may not be the huge super fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua but Ben Askren's money-fight with Jake Paul has continued to make headlines.

    Funky surrounded himself with the 'wrong people' ahead of his ill-fated clash with the YouTuber, according to UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson.

    In an interview with The Schmo, he said of his meeting with Funky: "I'm gonna be real, it was cool.

    "I told him he's coachable and that he's gonna have a good shot but he's going to have to hit the bag.

    "Boxing is no joke, man. You can go out there and learn the sport, but it's an Olympic sport. People forget that.

    "MMA is so young it hasn't made it to that spot yet. When I started surrounding myself around boxers, that's what you get. You get into that mentality. That structured mentality.

    "Ben, he went over there and I could kinda see that he was [working] really hard and he was doing his thing.

    "But he was surrounding himself with the wrong people and the vibe about too much of the hype."

  • JOSH BOSH

    Anthony Joshua is champing at the bit to face Tyson Fury, who he plans to 'absolutely demolish' in their undisputed heavyweight title fight.

    He told Sky Sports: "You will get a different AJ in this build-up.

    "He's excited because he's never really, apart from the Dillian Whyte fight, been in a trash talk environment. He will enjoy it.

    "AJ has got the bit between his teeth, goading him a bit.

    "I'm sure these two DM each other, goading each other. I get DMs from Fury - sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant!

    "When the announcement comes and the press conferences start, the pleasantries will go away and it will become personal.

    "It doesn't matter who respects who. Both sides are desperate to win because this is everything.

    "There are no fun and games. It's 'them and us'.

    "AJ will go to war with Fury. He has plans to absolutely demolish him. That's what I believe he will do.

    "In the meantime we will go through the build-up, which will be a lot of fun, before the biggest event of 2021."

  • MAL IT OVER

    Deontay Wilder uploaded footage working on defensive drills with his 'new trainer' Malik Scott - the man he knocked out in 2014.

    The American is on the comeback trail having started training again following his defeat to Tyson Fury in February 2020.

    He has recently posted clips working on the pads with Scott, 40, who was formerly his sparring partner.

    But it appears as part of Wilder's revamp in his camp, the ex-heavyweight contender is now his trainer.

    Wilder, 35, posted on Instagram: "An Amazingly Peaceful Session...
    W/ my brotha and new trainer @malikkingscott."

    In the clip, the Bronze Bomber can be seen practising defences, slipping and rolling, as well as body shots, elements he previously neglected.

  • JUST JOSHING

    Eddie Hearn revealed he has been on the receiving end of some 'unpleasant' messages from Tyson Fury.

    Hearn has worked tirelessly to deliver the undisputed title decider between AJ and Fury, which is now set for August 14 in Saudi Arabia.

    He told Sky Sports: "You will get a different AJ in this build-up. He's excited because he's never really, apart from the Dillian Whyte fight, been in a trash-talk environment.

    "He will enjoy it. AJ has got the bit between his teeth, goading him a bit.

    "I'm sure these two DM each other, goading each other. I get DMs from Fury - sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant.

    "When the announcement comes and the press conferences start, the pleasantries will go away and it will become personal.

    "It doesn't matter who respects who. Both sides are desperate to win because this is everything. There are no fun and games. It's 'them and us'."

  • PRIME TIME

    Tyson Fury's undisputed heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua will likely be held at 9pm UK time.

    The eagerly-anticipated Battle of Britain - which has been years in the making - is set to take place in Saudi Arabia on August 14.

    Given the magnitude of the fight, there were fears the contest would be aired at a time catered for the North American market.

    But according to Bad Left Hook, Joshua vs Fury will get underway between 11pm and midnight Saudi time - meaning the fight will start between 9pm and 10pm in the UK.

    The news will be music to the ears of British boxing fans, who have had to endure the pain of the pair's first meeting not taking place on these shores.

  • FURIOUS PREPARATIONS

    What preparations could we see from Tyson Fury in the build-up to his bout against Anthony Joshua?

  • McINTYRE VS FURY

    Tyson Fury has already had a brief spell in the WWE, enjoying a feud with the Colossal Braun Strowman.

    But the Gypsy King has also been exchanging words with top dog Drew McIntyre!

    In an interview with Steven Muehlhausen of DAZN, the former WWE champion touched on the pair’s exchange on Twitter.

    “He’s [Fury] cutting promos on me the other day from Vegas,” McIntyre said. It’s pretty surreal to me. When I turn on my Twitter, and he does respond.

    “It’s been over a year now that we’ve been going back and forth with each other.

    “It gets people talking. I know there’s going to be a day where we finally make something happen. It’s going to be big, and ideally, I think it’s going to be in the UK.”

  • NEW PLAN FOR DAN

    A potential future opponent for either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua.

    Daniel Dubois has split with trainer Mark Tibbs before their first fight together as he links up instead with Shane McGuigan.

    The 23-year-old decided to leave Martin Bowers and partner up with Tibbs after his defeat to Joe Joyce in November.

    But six months later - and with his comeback clash against Bogdan Dinu just three weeks away - The Mail have now reported that he has changed trainer once more.

    It is thought that the split between Tibbs and Dubois occurred after the trainer informed the fighter he had other commitments.

    Tibbs - who also coaches fellow heavyweight Dillian Whyte - was in the corner for Billy Joe Saunders' defeat to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez last weekend.

  • NEW PLAN FOR DAN

    A potential future opponent for either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua.

    Daniel Dubois has split with trainer Mark Tibbs before their first fight together as he links up instead with Shane McGuigan.

    The 23-year-old decided to leave Martin Bowers and partner up with Tibbs after his defeat to Joe Joyce in November.

    But six months later - and with his comeback clash against Bogdan Dinu just three weeks away - The Mail have now reported that he has changed trainer once more.

    It is thought that the split between Tibbs and Dubois occurred after the trainer informed the fighter he had other commitments.

    Tibbs - who also coaches fellow heavyweight Dillian Whyte - was in the corner for Billy Joe Saunders' defeat to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez last weekend.

  • NICK OF TIME

    Tyson Fury trained with Nick Diaz and called for Dana White to 'make the fight' ahead of the UFC legend's comeback.

    Diaz has not fought since 2013, in a loss-turned no-contest against Anderson Silva, but the American veteran is preparing for a sensational return.

    And in Miami he bumped into unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Fury, 32, in camp himself to face Anthony Joshua, 31, on August 14.

    UFC president White held a meeting with Diaz, 37, to discuss a comeback fight, and the Gypsy King warned the Stockton icon is in 'tremendous shape'.

    Fury said: "I'm here with my boy Nick, the bad man Diaz. What you saying Nick?

    "We're working hard, we're coming for all you motherf***ers out there. You're getting smashed to f***. You better believe it.

    "Absolutely smashing it, he's in tremendous shape, he's ready. Make the fight Dana, make the fight."

  • GOOD MORNING BOXING FANS

    Promoter Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua will demolish Tyson Fury in their heavyweight showdown.

    Tony Bellew has warned the Gypsy King his summer opponent Joshua is 'training like an animal'.

    Joshua is set to face Fury in a huge world heavyweight title unification in Saudi Arabia on August 14.

    The date has been agreed but the contract signing still needs to be finalised over the next week.

    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is increasingly optimistic the fight will take place in August.

  • MONEY MAYWEATHER

    It may not be the huge super fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua but the hype is not slowing down ahead of Floyd Mayweather's clash with YouTuber Logan Paul.

    Sky Sports Box Office will be showing the fight on June 6 in Miami.

    But no fixed UK price has yet been announced by Sky Sports.

    The usual PPV price for Sky Sports boxing events is £19.99, although the last two Anthony Joshua fights have both been £24.99.

    The likes of Badou Jack, Jean Jean Pascal and Jarrett Hurd will all feature on the undercard of the event.

  • BULKING UP

    One man with an eye on Anthony Joshua's fight with Tyson Fury is Oleksandr Usyk.

    And the undisputed cruiserweight king is bulking up in the gym in a bid to become the dominant force in the heavyweight division.

    Usyk posed for a video of himself topless in the gym on social media before climbing on to the scales to reveal his weight as 105kg.

    He then produced a bicep pose as a big grin appeared across his face before he sent out a menacing message to his new big boy rivals.

    The 34-year-old said: “What’s up heavyweight? I’m here.”

  • FIGHTING TALK

    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has offered an optimistic view ahead of the world heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

    Arum recently raised doubts over the prospect of the British superstars colliding this summer.

    But Arum is now positive the super fight will take place in August.

    Arum told Bad Left Hook: "We sent (deal principals in Saudi Arabia) a memo, on behalf of the promotion, and they said it’s the holiday, the end of Ramadan, and nobody is in the office.

    "They need the minister of sports’ approval, and they told us we should expect an answer Saturday or Sunday.

    “Friday is a holiday. So hopefully they accede to what we’ve asked for, and I’m optimistic they will.

    "Then, we can do a proper announcement of the deal, not Frank (Warren, Fury’s other co-promoter) and Eddie (Hearn, promoter for Joshua) spouting off. I’m very optimistic.”

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  • NEVER GIVE UP

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  • UNIFICATION TALKS

    Talks between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury over their unification title fight are expected to enter crucial stages early next week.

    Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that both parties had agreed that the fight would take place in Saudi Arabia on August 14.

    But there's still things to sort out before contracts can be signed.

    Hearn said: “Team Fury need to be comfortable.

    "The word and feeling out of both camps should give you the security that this fight is happening and August 14 is the date.”

    The word and feeling out of both camps should give you the security that this fight is happening and August 14 is the date

    Eddie Hearn
  • HEARN: JOSHUA PLANS TO ABSOLUTELY DEMOLISH FURY

    Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn - who also promotes IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua - believes that his guy will "demolish" Fury in the unification fight.

    The date looks set for August 14 in Saudi Arabia, and the fight will be inside a purpose-built arena.

    Hearn told Sky Sports: "You will get a different AJ in this build-up.

    "He's excited because he's never really, apart from the Dillian Whyte fight, been in a trash-talk environment. He will enjoy it.

    "AJ has got the bit between his teeth, goading him a bit. I'm sure these two DM each other, goading each other.

    "I get DMs from Fury - sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant!

    "When the announcement comes and the press conferences start, the pleasantries will go away and it will become personal.

    "It doesn't matter who respects who. Both sides are desperate to win because this is everything. There are no fun and games.

    "It's 'them and us'. AJ will go to war with Fury. He has plans to absolutely demolish him.

    "That's what I believe he will do. In the meantime, we will go through the build-up, which will be a lot of fun, before the biggest event of 2021."

  • TRAINING 'LIKE AN ANIMAL'

    Tony Bellew has warned Tyson Fury that rival Anthony Joshua is "training like an animal".

    Fury - the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world - is currently training in America.

    But hasn't fought since February 2020.

    Speaking to TalkSPORT Breakfast on Thursday, Bellew said: "These guys are training like animals, believe you me.

    "I know AJ is for the absolute fact.

    “AJ is the best athlete the heavyweight division has seen since Lennox Lewis, he is that good of an athlete. So he is 365 days of the year, in shape and in camp."

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