Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has revealed the terms sent to them for a potential clash against Tyson Fury in September at Wembley Stadium.
Fury and Joshua have been linked to a fight for as long as British boxing fans can remember. The two signed on the dotted line back in 2021, only for a certain Deontay Wilder to win an arbitration case and force a trilogy fight with ‘The Gypsy King’ – subsequently voiding the AJ deal.
Fury’s team have made no secret of the fact that finding a summer opponent, as a potential warm up to an undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk, has become problematic. With the top contenders tied up with rematch clauses, mandatories and Saudi negotiations, Tyson’s options for a suitable matchup appear to be running out.
After being linked with Andy Ruiz Jr, Zhilei Zhang, Demsey McKean, and Jai Opetaia amongst others, the WBC champion has now turned his attention back to old foe Joshua.
In an interview with iFL TV, Hearn revealed that George Warren from Queensberry, Fury’s UK promoters, had sent an email offering the fight on the same terms that were accepted at the end of last year.
“He did send an email to say they would like the fight to happen in September on the same terms as we discussed before. I called him 5 minutes later, we have a nice chat, we’ve spoken a couple of time since.”
It was widely publicised at the time that the ‘terms agreed’ for that bout, initially targeted for last December, was a 60/40 split in favour of Fury.
Joshua had look set to face Deontay Wilder in the Middle East at the end of the year with a potential rematch against Dillian Whyte beforehand, and Hearn appears reluctant to derail those plans on the hope that Fury’s offer is genuine.
“Right now our plan remains the same, August and Deontay Wilder in December so we’ll see what happens in Saudi Arabia this week. That’s our plan, that’s what we’re moving forward with this week, if we can’t make that happen we’ll 100% look at the Tyson Fury fight.”
If the all-British blockbuster could get over the line, it was all but put an end to Saudi Arabia’s plans to host a mega card or Fury-Usyk and Joshua-Wilder on the same night.