Tyson Fury: heavyweight world champion offer ‘accepted’ by Anthony Joshua - when it could happen
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Manchester-born heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has set the boxing world into a frenzy by offering fellow Brit Anthony Joshua a title fight, an offer which has been accepted, according to Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn.
Following his victory in April, Fury announced that he would be retiring and this is something he has reiterated since, however it now looks as though he’s keen to face up with Joshua.
Now it looks as though Fury will get the fight that many in the sport have been eagerly anticipating for years to happen.
The call out to Joshua was logical due to Fury being on the lookout for his next opponent. This follows news that Oleksandr Usyk, a man who has defeated Joshua twice, will not return to the ring until 2023.
Here’s what Fury said, and when the fight could possibly take place.
What did Tyson Fury say to Anthony Joshua?
Fury offered the chance to fight Joshua through a video he posted to social media on Monday (5 September).
In the video he said: "You’ve all heard that I’m going to be fighting within the next few months, and before I announce an opponent I need to do this just in case.
"Anthony Joshua, I know you’ve just lost a fight to Usyk, and I know you’re belt-less at the moment, and I’d like to give you an opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world and the lineal championship in the next few months.
"You’re coming off a 12-round fight so you’re match fit, you’re ready, I’m giving you a few months’ notice.
"If you’re interested I’ll send you the date over and we can rumble - a battle of Britain for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world."
Fury posted on Twitter again today (6 September) to say that he has offered Joshua 40% of the earnings from the fight and said that it’s up to the Joshua camp to “take or leave”.
Has Anthony Joshua responded?
Joshua has replied to Fury on Twitter, telling the reigning world champion that he will be ready by December.
In a tweet, Joshua said: “Yea calm. I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if you’re really about it shout @258mgt. I’ll be ready in December. Khalas.”
Joshua tagged in the sport management and promotion company 258 management in the tweet.
When could the fight be confirmed?
If the fight takes place, then it could be organised and announced as soon as next week. A statement from Usyk confirmed that this next opponent for Fury would not be the Ukrainian.
Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, has claimed that his client has accepted the offer from Fury.
“So, I went back this morning and said: ‘We accept 60-40, we want that reversed in a rematch, rightfully so. [Fury is] the champion here, you want the biggest split, which I think is fair, and we wanna do the fight in December’,” Hearn told told iFL TV on Wednesday.