As Tyson Fury makes promises to a new opponent on Instagram, it seems that talks for him to fight Anthony Joshua still go on behind the scenes – and both parties say they are productive.
This past Saturday, ‘The Gypsy King’ warned Joshua that, should he not sign the contract on Monday, he would lose his chance to fight for the WBC belt on December 3 in Cardiff. Sure enough, the contract wasn’t signed – although the potential challenger did post a video ensuring that he intended to go ahead once his lawyers had done their bit.
That didn’t do enough to convince Fury, though, who announced yesterday evening that he would not be fighting ‘AJ.’
Around the time of the deadline to sign the contract – Monday at 5PM – Frank Warren spoke to TalkSPORT and said that whilst his fighter was losing patience, contract negotiations were carried out that day.
“We’re trying to get it done by today [Monday 26 September]. We’re working very hard to get it over the line. If everyone agreed everything, it would be a huge undertaking, but we could do it that way.”
“Tyson has told me what he wants. They’ve had the contract for ten days and he’s lost patience with it.”
“We’re trying to make it work and we had a good meeting today [Monday 26 September] so we’ll see what happens.”
“We’re waiting for it [the contract] to come back, it’s not come back, the contract, and we’re waiting for it to come back. We’ve agreed certain things, we’re waiting for it to come back and we’ve been waiting for ten days, so I’ve got no idea.”
“There’s nothing as far as we’re concerned. We thought we’d got it over the line, more or less.”
Following Frank Warren’s interview, Eddie Hearn took to Twitter to confirm that he was in agreement with his fellow promoter. Again, this was hours after the deadline of 5PM.
26.09.22 – I agree with Frank! https://t.co/C6DMDFNacq
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) September 26, 2022
Whilst probably positive for fans who want to see the fight, the fact that there are different views about what’s going even within camps on isn’t a great sign.
We expect more news soon, but what that might be is anybody’s guess.