Joshua has been invited to be in the corner for Fury’s fight with Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, but “AJ” has flown to Dubai for a week and will not be present
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Fury offered Joshua two tickets to his WBC duel with Whyte at Wembley and also offered Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to be ringside for the fight. Joshua has not accepted his domestic rival’s offer and instead flies to Dubai on Saturday to start a ‘deload week’.
“Mumzy off to Nigeria to do some charity work for the community, I’m going to Dubai for a seven day deload week. See you soon,” he posted on his Snapchat story.
Fury even offered Joshua a role on his corner team while inviting him to fight. Joshua is committed to ensuring that interim champion Whyte Fury receives his first professional defeat despite their ongoing rivalry dating back to their amateur days.
Joshua had been encouraged being ringside for the fight of retired boxers Frank Bruno and Carl Frampton to encourage a fight with Fury down the line. “Even if he doesn’t want to help with the sale, he should be there and observe and identify possible future opponents,” said Bruno.
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“Yes, I think he should be [ringside]. It builds huge fights between them all. I don’t know if Frank will give him tickets though,” joked Frampton.
A fight between Fury and Joshua has been hotly sought for years but is yet to come. The pair were signed for a fight last August, but a US arbitration canceled the booking as Deontay Wilder was entitled to his trilogy with Fury.
Joshua lost his belts to Oleksandr Usyk as Fury defeated Wilder to cement himself as the world’s top heavyweight. Adamant he will retire after his fight with Whyte, Fury believes the excitement surrounding his potential clash with Joshua has fizzled.
“It was the most coveted fight when he was an undefeated champion or even when he had a loss, but when you get beaten by bloated middleweights it’s not a sharp fight anymore,” he said iFL TV.
“Do a poll to see how many people think he could hit me, none. I hope he wins every belt there is and becomes a great champion, but it’s none of my business because it’s none of my business.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/anthony-joshua-tyson-fury-whyte-26779172 Anthony Joshua snubs Tyson Fury against Dillian Whyte to fly to Dubai