WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is not confident that a unification will actually come off with WBO, WBA, IBO, IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
A few weeks ago, the two boxers reached an understanding on the financial terms for a two-fight agreement in 2021.
But they have plenty of obligations that have to be taken care of to reach that unification.
Fury has a contracted trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, likely in December. And then there is a WBC mandatory obligation to Dillian Whyte, which is due by the end of February in 2020.
Joshua has an IBF mandatory defense with Kubrat Pulev in the fall. Should he get past that, there is then a WBO mandatory defense due to Oleksandr Usyk.
Between the two, there are four factors to overcome in order to reach the unification.
"If it’s suppose to happen and I’m not convinced it is. I never have been convinced, never ever have I ever been convinced that I will fight Anthony Joshua," Fury told IFL TV.
"How can I be convinced? If he’s got to fight Pulev and if he’s got to fight Usyk, how can I be convinced he’s going to get through those fights without losing? How can I be even confident I’m going to smash Wilder? Wilder can be absolutely blitz me in one round, good night Vienna. That would put a hell of a wedgie in the door.
"This is why I hate talking about fights that don’t exist yet. Can I honestly say 100 percent this fight is going to happen? I can’t. But providing we both get through our next two fights, then I know it’s going to happen."