Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua: Fury becomes a ‘boy who cried wolf’ after the fight is called off, says Johnny Nelson

Tyson Fury risks becoming “the boy who cried the wolf” if he pulls out of a scheduled fight against Anthony Joshua, according to former cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson.

Fury has announced his retirement from boxing multiple times since beating Dillian Whyte in April, claiming he would only make a U-turn if offered £500m to fight Oleksandr Usyk.

However, the WBC heavyweight champion then hinted he would fight on and attempted to arrange a much-anticipated national showdown against Anthony Joshua, who has lost three of his last five contests.

While the main terms, including a 60-40 split of the purse in his favour, were agreed, Fury felt negotiations needed to be completed by 5pm on Monday but his deadline passed without an agreement being reached.

He explained that Joshua was now “in the cold” for a December 3 fight, but Nelson, an ex-boxer and now a high-profile pundit on Sky Sports, believes Fury cannot simply call it a day.

“It’s got to the point now that both parties have said, ‘I want this fight’ and if that fight doesn’t happen, the money stays with the fighters,” Nelson told the PA news agency.

“Will the fight take place? Tyson Fury is slowly losing verbal credibility because of the things he does and doesn’t say.

“At first you could laugh and joke about it and say, ‘You know Tyson, (it’s) well (that) he’s not retired,’ but now the things he’s saying are raising the hopes of a whole nation.

“To say, ‘This big fight is happening,’ and then to say, ‘I’ve changed my mind now, it’s not happening because they didn’t do it the day I wanted to do it’…

“Now there’s a backlash against him because people are starting to see he’s like the boy who cried wolf.”

Tyson Fury, left, defeated Dillian Whyte in April (Nick Potts/PA)

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Nelson clarified that he doesn’t think Fury called off the fight in any way out of fear, saying: “I’m not saying Tyson is likely to lose to Joshua or vice versa. I’m not saying one beats the other.”

The pair were close to ending a 2020 fight that had all four major world titles at stake, but Fury was ordered by a US judge to face Deontay Wilder for a third time.

Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO titles to Usyk last year and was recently outpointed again by the Ukrainian, but the Brit was offered a way back into the world title picture by Fury.

Television executives from BT Sport, who Fury works with, and streaming service DAZN, to which Joshua is tied, met on Monday to agree on broadcast rights for a fight.

The last update from both camps was that discussions were still going on.

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