Anthony Joshua Accepts All Terms to Face Tyson Fury in December!
Two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-3, 22KOs) is one step closer to his long overdue super fight with fellow countryman and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (32-1, 23KOs). AJ suffered the third loss of his career to heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch on August 25. However, the former champion is ready for a quick turnaround to face Fury in December.
Joshua and Fury agreed to a deal to fight last year in what would’ve been for all the titles. However, the fight crumbled after an arbitrator ruled that former WBC champion Deontay Wilder was entitled to the contractually agreed rematch prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to their aforementioned fights with Wilder and Usyk. Fury would stop Wilder in an action-packed slugfest, and Usyk would outbox Joshua. Moreover, Joshua is also now ranked number six in the WBC.
Most in boxing thought the Fury-Joshua ship had sailed, especially after Joshua’s second loss to Usyk. This proved not to be the case. Usyk is not looking to fight for the remainder of 2022. This opened the door for the two gigantic British heavyweights to finally fight. There was skepticism that a deal could be reached in such a short timeframe. Although with Joshua conceding to all the requests by Fury, we’re seemingly close to seeing this fight. The terms put out by Fury were a 60/40 split for a December 3 fight, and a 50/50 split in the rematch if Joshua were to win.
Joshua’s 258 Management team put out a statement on their social media stating that the former champion had agreed to everything and that, due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth, they decided to halt the talks out of respect.
By: Jerrell Fletcher