by Dane McGuire
Boxing fans can start to let anticipation build as Anthony Joshua’s management took to Twitter to announce talks of a bout opposite Tyson Fury.
On Tuesday, September 13, Joshua’s team posted:
“258 and Matchroom Boxing can confirm on behalf of Anthony Joshua that we accepted all terms presented to us by Fury’s team for a fight on Dec. 3 last Friday. Due to the passing of the Queen, it was agreed to halt all communication.
“We are awaiting a response.”
Fury last fought Dillian Whyte in front of over 90,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium and earned a sixth-round knockout victory in April.
Ahead of the fight, he was very clear beforehand it would be his final fight–not including a speculated special attraction bout with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
As far as Joshua is concerned, Per DAZN,Joshua lost his rematch with Oleksander Usyk and a fight with Fury would give him another shot at the WBC title. Joshua has accepted Fury’s offer of a 60-40 split in Fury’s favour for a December 3 fight in Cardiff, and a rematch would give the pair an even split of revenues.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn appeared on The MMA Hour recently and said the plan right now is to have the Fury fight before the end of the year. Hearn has been talking to fellow promoter George Warren.
“We hadn’t anticipated anything. Then George Warren called me and said ‘he’s serious, what do you think?’ “I said ‘I don’t know, is he really serious, because I don’t believe him.’
“I spoke to AJ and George said we would have an offer. We got an offer and myself and George agreed we would keep everything under wraps and the next thing Fury had told everyone the offer on social media.
“We went back and said we can’t do November but would accept December 17 and we said we accept 60-40, but would like to flip it the other way for the rematch if AJ wins. They came back and said no to the flip and it’s got to be November 26 or December 3, if you don’t agree to all of that there is no fight.
At the moment, Hearn is planning for Decenber 17. Stay tuned.