Joshua, Fury, Wilder – big cats kept apart while accountants rule jungle | Kevin Mitchell

Heavyweight stars cash in with little risk but fight fans are missing out on the spectacle they want

Romeo and Juliet had an easier time getting together than Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have experienced lately. The courting of the voluble Gypsy King as the perfect ticket-selling foil for the sweet-talking triple-belt world heavyweight champion continues behind the scenes, while each prepares for marking-time bouts against fighters with clean but thin records.

Yet again boxing fans will miss out on the spectacle they want, as Fury prepares to deliver the obscure young German, Tom Schwarz, his first defeat in 25 bouts when they meet in Las Vegas on 15 June. It will be the Mancunian’s debut for ESPN, after signing a staggering £80m, five-fight deal. Fury told MTK Global: “Vegas next, baby. We want to give the fans something to travel to for an event this summer.”

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