Anthony Joshua accepts ALL the terms to finally fight Tyson Fury on December 3 – with a contract set to be sent out – in a huge step towards the world’s most anticipated heavyweight showdown
- Tyson Fury has challenged Anthony Joshua to fight him before the end of 2022
- Joshua has now accepted Fury’s terms and wants to fight him on December 3rd
- The 60-40 purse in favor of WBC champion Fury had already been agreed upon
- Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is set to host the spectacular match
The big boxing blockbuster between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, which seemed to disappear into an uncertain future, now looks fair for as early as December.
Joshua accepted Fury’s terms for a pre-Christmas showdown that the public had wanted for so long, but which seemed in danger of never happening.
A 60-40 purse split had already been agreed in Fury’s favor as WBC heavyweight champion of the world and now Joshua has settled on December 3 for one of the biggest fights in UK boxing history.
Anthony Joshua’s management team have revealed that Joshua has agreed to fight Tyson Fury
Fury called out Joshua last week and the two-time heavyweight champion accepted
The lethal duo are set to finally meet under the retractable roof of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Fury had suspended negotiations in deference to the global mourning following the Queen’s death, but Joshua pushed further discussion by instructing his own management company, 258, to close the deal.
“258 and Matchroom Boxing can confirm, on behalf of Anthony Joshua, that we have accepted all terms presented to us by Fury’s team for a fight on December 3rd last Friday,” 258 tweeted yesterday. “Due to the Queen’s death, it has been agreed to cease all communication. We are waiting for an answer”.
Nothing unusual about that. It’s all consistent with reclaiming this race from the dustbin of lost opportunity.
Joshua’s team quickly received one on Twitter from Fury’s promoter Frank Warren on Twitter.
Warren replied, “The contract will be with you very soon.”
Joshua is coming off back-to-back losses to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk
Usyk not fighting again in 2022, opening door for Fury and Joshua to face each other
When Joshua was defeated by Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch last month, the Battle of Britain with Fury fell into doubt. But when Usyk begged for time with his family and comrades on the front lines of Ukraine’s war with Russia ahead of his inevitable fight with Fury for the undisputed world heavyweight title, the door opened.
Fury opened it up as he saw an opportunity to double his money – think a hundred million pounds or more – by fitting this fight against Joshua before he became almost irrelevant.
So he threw down the gauntlet that AJ picked up going straight back to training. The winner takes all advancing to the Usyk match in the spring.
The scene is set with Fury coming out of temporary retirement and Joshua escaping the drudgery of fighting in smaller venues in order to rebuild his career.
And there is relief all around as fans see Fury v Joshua before it joins the legion of must-fights that never happened.
Mark the date when, out of fighter’s pride, neither can afford to be seen as a duck. Joshua wanted December 17, while Fury saw late November as a date that would give him time to prepare for Usyk. Well it’s December 3rd.
AJ could get help during his training camp from his former rival Usyk.
Speaking to Sky Sports via Boxing Scene, Usyk said: “If he needs my help, I will go to his camp and help him.
“He’s not 40, he’s 33, so he’s got to keep working – Anthony, don’t stop. I understand that he wanted to win against me, but Anthony can’t give up. He must go forward.’
Warren’s tweet suggests that the much-anticipated fight between Fury and Joshua is about to happen
Usyk defeated Joshua by unanimous decision to capture the heavyweight crowns at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September 2021.
Joshua took a leaf out of Usyk’s book by copying his brutal training regime.
Ahead of the Joshua fight last month, Usyk’s manager Egis Kilmas claimed the Ukrainian, 35, swam 10km in a pool for five hours the day before one of Joshua’s press conferences – something he has never seen before. ‘.
And now Joshua decided to accept the challenge from Egis Kilmas and jumped into a pool. Joshua wrote: “You know I love a challenge.”