Via Sam Volz: Promoter Frank Warren says Tyson Fury cannot participate in the December 17 fight requested by Anthony Joshua because he has an undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk that he needs to prepare for in February or March. .
For that reason, Fury wants a quick answer from Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs), setting a deadline of today for him to agree or disagree on his two-day date of the 26th. November or December 3.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said they want December 17 for the bout. So unless AJ & Hearn is willing to move that date, the Fury fight won’t happen this year.
It really won’t be a big deal if Joshua doesn’t fight Fury in December, as the fight will be against him in 2023, regardless of the outcome of his clash with the dominant heavyweight champion. most Usyk.
The deadline that WBC champion Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) gave Joshua for today looks pretty harsh, as it shows that he feels his championship title puts him in higher than the old champion.
Unfortunately for Fury, his championship status means little In this age of boxing, what matters now is who will take the seat and sell PPV. Joshua is still arguably above Fury in those categories.
I don’t think Joshua’s self-esteem has sunk so deeply that he will let Fury beat him like this given the deadline and date of the fight.
If Fury takes the Joshua fight seriously, he will agree to the December 17 date, as well as the 60-40 split that his promoter Hearn is asking for the rematch.
“Offer is available and we need a quick answer because Tyson told me again this morning if they don’t come back with the like icon, then we move on,” Frank Warren told iFL TV about November 26 or December 3 that they want Anthony Joshua to agree to.
“He wants to make sure there’s no problem for a fight with Usyk in February or March, and he needs a good warm-up,” Warren said. “He doesn’t want to do it at the end of December.
“That’s why he wanted to do it sooner. He won’t push it back again. I don’t think he can do it anyway because of the situation with Usyk. Obviously there’s only a small window to get that fight going,” Warren said.