Despite Bob Arum’s statements, Tyson Fury casts doubt on Anthony Joshua’s unification fight.
A bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury had been planned for the summer, according to Bob Arum.
Tyson Fury has hinted that his much-anticipated heavyweight unification bout with Anthony Joshua might not be as imminent as previously thought. A bout between the two British champions has been planned for some time, with Fury’s promoter Bob Arum stating earlier this month that an agreement had been reached and was about to be signed.
Negotiations are said to be far along, with only a few details such as the fight date and location still to be worked out.
Over the last six months, both Fury and Joshua have voiced a desire to face each other.
With all four versions of the heavyweight title on the line, the ultimate winner would become the division’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
Although there have been rumblings since Joshua’s victory over Kubrat Pulev in December that a unification match will be announced shortly, Fury has put cold water on that notion.
The ‘Gypsy King’ told IFL TV that a variety of potential setbacks may still derail negotiations, alleging that Arum and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn are simply talking about the fight to keep the hype and expectation alive.
“Both Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum are boxing promoters. It’s up to them to sell the fight,” added Fury, who hasn’t fought since defeating Deontay Wilder in February last year.
“Joshua is saying what he’s saying; I have no idea what he’s saying since I’m not on social media right now.” As a result, anything they say has no bearing on me.
“There will be no fight unless I have a date, a fight date, and a lot of money in my wallet. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that people aren’t aware of that might derail a battle like that.
“So until you’re in the ring, nothing is actually on. At the moment, we’re nothing near that.”
When asked what he could do to help push a deal through, Fury claimed that he didn’t have any options because he wasn’t participating in the crunch talks between Arum and.