Anthony Joshua says Tyson Fury and his team are to blame after an undisputed heavyweight showdown failed to materialise on the back of months of negotiations.
With an all-Brit mega-fight seemingly close at one point, a US court arbitration ruled that Deontay Wilder was entitled to a third bout with Tyson Fury, leaving a potential Anthony Joshua bout to collapse.
Fury-Wilder 3 is now set for July 24 in Las Vegas, while Anthony Joshua is expected to face WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in London in late September.
“Unfortunately his [Fury’s] team let the whole boxing world down,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “I will still be here, still ready to put on a show. End of the year. Let me get past Usyk first. But with or without Usyk in my life, I will fight Fury.
“Usyk doesn’t determine the Fury fight. The Fury fight has to happen. It’s a big fight, bigger than boxing, bigger than the belts. It will happen. After the Usyk fight, after I defend my belts. The fight will be bigger, better than what it would have been.”