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Joshua: Fury’s team let the boxing world down

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.”