February 4, 2023

Joshua accepts Fury fight offer

September 7, 2022
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Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua has accepted Tyson Fury’s offer for their blockbuster British showdown. Joshua was on the surprising end of a callout from Fury, who is not willing to wait around for Oleksandr Usyk to return next year, The Sun reported.

AJ was offered a 40 per cent split of what would be a record-breaking UK purse.

A date in early November was initially put on the table but Joshua can only return by December at the earliest.

Fury also wants to include a rematch clause and AJ’s team are happy to comply, so long as they get the lionshare in return if they win.

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His promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed they are willing to take the deal presented after talks with Frank Warren’s son George.

He told iFL TV: “We just went back this morning and said, I spoke to AJ about that offer, we think, I think particularly he deserves more than 40 per cent.

“But, he’s happy. And I don’t make the decisions, he does. So I went back this morning and said, ‘We accept 60/40’.

“We want that reversed in the rematch, rightfully so because you’re champion here, you want the bigger split, which I think is fair.

“And we want to do the fight in December. Now interestingly, they have November 17th, Queensberry held at the Millennium, so that’s perfect.”

Fury initially wanted to fight WBA, IBF and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, who beat Joshua twice in the space of 11 months.

It would have been the heavyweight division’s first four-belt undisputed title decider.

But Usyk has ruled himself out until next year after the Ukrainian hero returned to his war-torn home and family for the first time.

Whereas Fury is not willing to wait around and wants to return by the end of the year and therefore turned his attention to Joshua.

Hearn added negotiations are ongoing, including over the pay-per-view rights.

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Fury is a BT boxer while Joshua’s brand new long-term deal with sports streaming service DAZN is about to begin.

Although DAZN have launched a box office platform, making a rare duel PPV possible.

Joshua was set to return before the end of the year against an opponent ranked within the world’s top 15.

But plans to build back steadily could be cast aside if the chance to challenge for Fury’s WBC belt goes from longshot to reality.

Promoter Warren backed the all-Brit bout to break the domestic PPV record with 2MILLION sales.

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