Tyson Fury has opened the door to a potential all-British undisputed World heavyweight title showdown with Anthony Joshua – provided he defeats WBC champion Deontay Wilder this Saturday in Los Angeles.
Fury, who will attempt to collect the one title that has eluded him so far in his professional career, has also claimed that should any potential bout with Joshua take place, he would demand the lion’s share of the purse against the WBA/WBO/IBF kingpin.
After returning to action in June following a two-and-a-half year hiatus from boxing, lineal champion Fury will attempt to dethrone fearsome unbeaten American Wilder this Saturday in one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the history of the sport.
Fury, however, suggests that not everyone is delighted to see him back in a marquee fight, appearing to take shots at rival promoter Eddie Hearn in an interview with IFL TV.
“The only person who kept putting this on the dampener was a certain jealous promoter, who is still very jealous and very bitter that he messed up.” said Fury.
“Because all they did was let me in the door. I was in the cold. I was nowhere. I was out. I had four fights against four bums lined up. I was nowhere.
“But because they hampered and hesitated, I’m back. I’ve got my foot round the door now and I’m in.”
Fury would continue by suggesting a bout with Wilder has “made it a lot worse” for Joshua, claiming the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist would have “nowhere else to go” should he emerge from Saturday’s bout as the new WBC champion.
“Whatever happens in this fight has made it bad for that other person, made it a lot worse. They should have made the fight with Wilder and done the fight. They never had to fight me.
“Now I’m in the door. I’m going to beat Wilder and now they’ve got nowhere else to go. They better get their running shoes on, because I’m coming for you boys. I’m coming.
The self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ would finish with a message – again, seemingly aimed at Eddie Hearn – stating that should he dethrone Wilder at The Staples Center, he would seek sixty percent of what would surely be a monstrous purse should he step into the ring with Joshua.
“And you know what I want, mate? You know the deal. I told you the split. And it begins with a big six and a zero. To this man.”