Anthony Joshua promised to do everything in his power to make sure that a fight with Tyson Fury occurred before his retirement and insisted that it would take place, with a preference for anywhere in Britain.
The world heavyweight champion is now set to clash with Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It was only an arranged match after plans to confront Fury collapsed in August when a US judge ordered Fury to face Deontay Wilder again.
Concerns continue to grow that the two British boxing greats would be kept apart before they both called it a day, but the 31-year-old Joshua, who started as an amateur at Finchley, remains optimistic a unification of the division can still occur, should both win their respective contests with Usyk and Wilder.
“We were meant to have fought by now and here we are talking about it,’ Joshua told the Daily Mail.
“But it will happen. I know what people are saying about boxing politics, but I’ll promise before the end of my career I will have done everything in my power to fight Tyson Fury.
“We saw it with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao (not fighting until they were beyond their primes) but that was a superstar fight.
right guys i’m going off line until october 10, som1 else will be keeping you updated, Total blackout from me. see you in vegas. Let the games begin. 7 weeks saturday till i smash the big dosser Again 😉😉🙏🙏 God bless https://t.co/YYRg6gpFwn
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) August 18, 2021
“I and Fury are streets, two warriors, two fighters who have come from the amateur system in the UK and have taken the world by storm. We’ll get it on in Britain.
“Don’t worry about age, boxing politics, don’t worry about the American dollar. This is a British UK fight that can happen at Wembley, Tottenham, the O2, York Hall.
“I look at it less as a mega-fight for the world and more from the point of view that we are guys who first met in Finchley ABC. It is a grassroots fight.”