Tyson Fury has given Anthony Joshua until Monday to sign a contract for their fight – or forget to face him for the world heavyweight title.
Negotiations between the fighter camps have been going on for several weeks and it appeared as if Joshua had agreed to a 60-40 split of the purse in Fury’s favor for the all-British blockbuster fight due to take place before the end of the year.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said last week a contract had been sent to Joshua’s camp and Eddie Hearn subsequently revealed there were still some minor terms to be worked out.
WBC Champion Fury claims Joshua is trying to avoid a showdown and made an explosive social media post about his rival on Friday.
Fury was ringside for the fight between Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday night and once again called Joshua and his camp.
“They had about a month to agree to this fight. They’ve been in contract for over a week, still not signed, some more excuses they’ll come back with,” Fury told BT Sport.
“We will know more on Monday I think. The two stations will meet and then we will know from there.
“I’m tired of setting deadlines. Either they want this bad luck fight or they don’t want it.
“I don’t mind inviting these people to my party, but they’re not going to come to my party, my banquet hall, and try to dictate something to me.
“Either they want it or they don’t want it. If they do, sign the contract, if they don’t, then make one. This is the fight I’ve been trying to fight since 2017 and it’s been unsuccessful every time.
“I was optimistic three or four weeks ago that the fight could happen. Today I am not very optimistic. I’m definitely fighting on that scheduled date – December 3rd – whoever it may be. I don’t care, I’m going to knock them all out anyway.”
Warren hopes a deal can be struck to make the fight possible.
Speaking at the BT Sport box office, he said: “There’s a meeting going on on Monday and I hope that I think that will just settle a couple of outstanding issues, not for us but apparently for them.
“Let’s hope they keep their word and don’t back down.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/boxing/tyson-fury-anthony-joshua-fight-contract-latest-b2174641.html Tyson Fury tells Anthony Joshua to sign fight deal by Monday