Fury vs Joshua predictions: Gypsy King to win huge all-British bout
After years of speculation, there is now hope that British boxing fans will finally get the fight they have dreamed of.
A showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has been close before but the two heavyweight stars have taken different paths to the top.
Fans expected the pair to share the ring in 2021 but it failed to materialise, despite the best efforts of Matchroom Boxing supremo Eddie Hearn.
However, talks are in motion for a December 3 bout after Joshua's management company 258 MGT confirmed they have agreed to Fury's demands, which include a 60-40 purse split in favour of the WBC world champion.
Reports suggest terms were agreed last Friday and it could now be just a few months before we see the duo share a ring.
Joshua thrown a lifeline
Joshua, 32, still has time on his side to become a three-time world heavyweight champ — but he has now lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his career.
He relinquished the IBF, WBA Super and WBO titles to Oleksandr Usyk in September 2021 and threw himself straight back into the lion's den to face the Ukrainian for a second time last month.
While Joshua was well and truly outclassed last year, he put up a much better fight in the rematch in Jeddah, although he still lost on points once again.
Usyk, 35, had hoped to fight Fury in an undisputed battle but it appears AJ will get an incredible opportunity to catapult himself back into the spotlight.
When the WBC updated their heavyweight rankings earlier this week, Joshua was named as the sixth best fighter in the organisation's eyes and he could now end the year by locking horns with the Gypsy King.
Will Fury regret taking an unnecessary risk?
After stopping Dillian Whyte at Wembley, Fury turned to social media to call out Joshua.
There was little reason to get excited at that stage, though.
Since the Whyte bout, Fury has retired twice, claimed he has changed trainers, returned to feature in the WWE and offered to fight Derek Chisora for a third time.
Life is never boring with Fury around, so his attempt to lure Joshua could have been smoke and mirrors.
Should the undefeated Mancunian be true to his word, he may regret his decision to lay down the gauntlet to his fellow Brit — especially when a fight with Usyk further down the road looked inevitable.
Fury, 34, is supremely confident in his own ability but it only takes one punch when the big boys collide to change the momentum of a fight — or end one.
In his second bout with Usyk, Joshua showed he had improved as a boxer but he was unable to maintain the pace set by the Ukrainian.
Fury has showcased his power and skill time and time again and will believe he can dominate.
He stopped Deontay Wilder in two of their three fights, while he dropped Whyte in style in London back in April.
Both men possess immense power but Fury's ring craft and know-how should ensure he comes out on top in one of the most eagerly-awaited heavyweight showdowns of all time.