Published On: Sat, May 9th, 2020

Tyson Fury promoter claims Anthony Joshua not truly keen on heavyweight unification fight | Boxing | Sport

Tyson Fury‘s promoter Frank Warren isn’t convinced Anthony Joshua and his team truly want a heavyweight title unification fight with ‘The Gypsy King’. The long-awaited meeting between the pair moved a giant step closer to coming to fruition in February when Fury emphatically dethroned Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC heavyweight title.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, all that remained for the long-awaited Battle of Britain to come to fruition was for the duo to win their respective bouts with Wilder and Kubrat Pulev.

COVID-19, however, has led to both fights being delayed, with Fury’s Las Vegas trilogy bout with Wilder set to take place in October and Joshua tentatively slated to face Pulev in London on July 25.

Both bouts are currently up in the air as it’s unclear when mass gatherings will be allowed to take place in the United States and the United Kingdom.

That uncertainty has prompted Fury’s representatives, MTK Global, to field offers from the Middle East for a lucrative showdown with Joshua.

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Warren was also quick to dismiss the notion of both camps being in negotiations, insisting the only talks that have happened have been between MTK and the countries interested in hosting the fight. 

He said: “There has been some discussions going on with various sites interested in staging the fight, but no concrete offers have been submitted. In the absence of this, there have been no negotiations regarding the potential fight.”

Warren’s latest comments on the status of Joshua vs Fury – which will only come to fruition if both Wilder and Pulev step aside – echo those recently made by Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn.

“We have had enquiries from territories asking to stage that fight,” Hearn said during an appearance on Sky Sports. “Ourselves and Fury’s MTK Global have been in discussions to look at those offers and when this fight might take place.

“We were looking to fight in June, Fury-Wilder in July, and we all planned to make this fight in December.

“Now, could we go straight into the December fight? Will we have a live audience in December? As it stands now Joshua’s next fight is Pulev and Fury’s next fight is Wilder. Could a deal be struck for them to step aside? Absolutely.

“Would we be willing to entertain it? Absolutely. There is keenness from our side and Fury’s side to go straight into it. But we are both under contract for different fights.”

“No negotiations have taken place. Negotiations can’t take place until we know if Wilder will step aside and if Pulev will step aside.”

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