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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua LIVE updates: Fight date, 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 THIS summer.

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...

  • 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.”

  • BATTLE OF BRITAIN

    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.”

  • THE GYPSY KING

    Take a closer look at the man attempting to create history this summer...

  • BUILDING NEW GROUND

    Saudi Arabia hosted 31-year-old Joshua's title rematch victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019 amid criticism from human rights' campaigners.

    A temporary venue was constructed in Diriyah for the fight and Matchroom boss Hearn has promised a new stadium that will 'shock the world' for August's unification event.

    He told Sky Sports: "They want to build a new stadium.

    "They have indoors options. In August at 11pm it will be about 23 degrees.

    "They want to create something very, very special.

    "Last time they built a stadium for the Andy Ruiz Jr fight in just seven weeks and it held 18,000. This will be a similar setup.

    "They have the opportunity to hold it indoors but they want to create something that will shock the world. They want to build a stadium just for this fight."

  • NO JOSHING

    Tyson Fury has now declared that his fight with Anthony Joshua is “100 per cent on”.

    He said: “I’ve got some massive news for you all guys.

    “I’ve just got off the phone from Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia, he’s told me this fight’s 100 per cent on.

    “August 14, 2021 – summertime. All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    “I cannot wait, repeat, cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all times.

    “This is gonna be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet Earth.

    “Do not miss it, all eyes on us.”

  • GET READY TO RUMBLE

    Iconic ring announcer Michael Buffer is already sharing his excitement at the confirmation of Tyson Fury's super-fight against Anthony Joshua.

  • IT'S ON

    Official announcement from Tyson Fury confirming the date and location for his super-fight with Anthony Joshua.

  • 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.”

  • 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’.”

  • FIGHTING TALK

    Anthony Joshua will go to war with Tyson Fury!

  • FUN AND GAMES

    Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said that the trash-talk from Tyson Fury fuels his fighter Anthony Joshua.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn said: "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."

  • BATTLE OF THE BRITS

    The heavyweight unification fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua might be heading for Saudi Arabia.

    But one element is being arranged, and it's the starting time of the fight - accommodating to British fans.

    Speaking to BadLeftHook.com, Tyson Fury's US promoter Bob Arum said: "The fight would play out between 11-midnight in Saudi, for the record," which translates to 9-10pm for UK boxing fans.

  • BIG SHAQ

    Tyson Fury spent the evening with NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal!

  • LAST TEN

    Take a look at Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder's last ten opponents!

  • 'HIS FISTS FEEL LIKE ROCKS'

    Young boxer Aleksandar Mraovic has been sparring with Tyson Fury ahead of the Gypsy King's potential mega-fight against Anthony Joshua.

    And Mraovic believes Joshua "can't win".

    Speaking to  MyBettingSites, he said: "This man is not of this world, he’s a different animal. He’s punching like a machine, I’ve never felt punches like that before from anybody.  He even showed me a little bit how he got the power and how he works on it.

    “His fists feel like rocks, they feel like rocks on you, it’s incredible. The power comes from how he punches and how he uses his weight.

    “He’s in great condition, he never had a bodybuilder’s body but he moves like a real athlete.

    “He did twenty rounds, no problem. We were all done after 12 rounds, we did a lot of body sparring, we were all dead. And he kept doing the heavy bag and pad work, he’s crazy. He does not know when to stop.

    "His movement is amazing and he wasn’t even fully fit. He doesn’t give up, that’s how we all know him. He doesn’t give up; neither in life, neither in the ring, neither in the training. He never gives up. That was his first sparring after the Deontay Wilder fight. He is sick, he is crazy good.

    “He played with me but it wasn’t a serious spar, nothing serious. Right now I would have no success against him, he’s too experienced.

    “I think Joshua can’t win. I don’t think Joshua can survive 12 rounds because in this era Tyson is the king, no one can beat him."

  • TALE OF THE TAPE

    Tyson Fury is yet to be beaten in his professional career spanning 31 fights!

  • 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.

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