Anthony Joshua has reinforced his desire to fight Tyson Fury on December 3 in Cardiff, saying that once the contract is back from his lawyers he intends to sign.
Joshua’s message comes off the back of a demand made by Tyson Fury for the contract to be signed by this coming Monday. Negotiations have progressed quickly since the fight was first dicussed and, if both UK promoters are to be believed, there’s not much that can stand in the way of it happening.
Considering ‘AJ’ is one half of potentially the biggest fight in British boxing history, it’s others who have been doing all the talking. For that reason, an update from the man himself is newsworthy. He took to social media to respond to ultimatums and insults from Fury about signing the contract.
“I’ve been signing contracts for years. It ain’t in my hands, it’s with a legal team. That’s why you hire lawyers. You know the history of boxing – make sure you get your legal terms right. That’s why you’ve got good management and good lawyers. Of course I’m gonna sign the contract.”
✍️ “I am gonna sign the contract”
Anthony Joshua confirms he WILL be putting pen to paper! 🔥
— Boxing Social (@boxing_social) September 25, 2022
In substance, there’s not much new here. We know Joshua’s management team, 258, and promotional company, Matchroom, are in receipt of the terms. However, it’s a confirmation from the fighter that he still wants the fight – something that hasn’t come since his first acceptance of Fury’s call out.
It’s good news for fans considering that there’s a big conversation in the sort about whether or not a fight with Fury is a good move for ‘AJ’ at this time in his career.
Following successive losses to Oleksandr Usyk and a significant change in training team, it could be a dangerous time for him to face the man who plenty would say is the best heavyweight on the planet. That, fans will be glad to know, doesn’t seem to be an issue for the former champ.
As things stand, Fury is adamant that Joshua has until Monday to sign the contract and make the fight.
✍️ Deadline day is fast approaching, @anthonyjoshua…
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) September 24, 2022
It doesn’t sound like that timeframe works for Joshua’s team, but maybe this message will convince ‘The Gypsy King’ to allow an extension.