Tony Bellew has lashed out at Tyson Fury over his behaviour during negotiations for a potential December clash with Anthony Joshua, describing Fury’s antics as that of a “lunatic.”
Speaking to IFL TV, Bellew was scathing in his assessment and emphasised the point that F the deadlines imposed by Fury on Joshua signing a contract simply did not reflect the complexities of agreeing a fight of that stature.
“Tyson Fury is a brilliant fighter – I don’t detract from his achievements in any way, shape or form.”
“But his judgement and his conduct is that of a lunatic right now. You do not make fights of that magnitude on that kind of notice. It has never been done in the history of the sport.”
“Mega fights will never be done on three weeks notice. Too many intangibles, too many legalities to get through, too many blockers and too many agendas – it’s impossible.”
Talks between the two camps seem to have come to a crashing hault in recent days, with the respective teams’ now starting to lay blame at each other’s doors.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn accused Tyson Fury of “bluffing the public” and questioned whether the WBC world champion ever truly wanted a fight with AJ, whilst Queensberry’s George Warren stated in a recent interview that there was little desire from Joshua’s team to advance proceedings.
News of the discussions reaching a deadlock will come as a bitter blow to British fight fans, who were growing cautiously optimistic that they would finally see the defining heavyweight fight of this generation.