Anthony Joshua Accepts Tyson Fury Fight After Call-Out
Anthony Joshua is ready to fight Tyson Fury in December after
being called out by his fellow Brit.
Fury had hoped to face Oleksandr Usyk to crown the first
undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis in
1999, but the Ukrainian revealed over the weekend that he will
not be ready until next year. Fury appears determined to fight
again in 2022, however, and turned his attention to Joshua.
The rivals were set to meet in Saudi Arabia last summer before
the deal was quashed when Fury was ordered to instead face
Deontay Wilder for a third time. Since then, Fury has made two
defences of his world title while Joshua has lost back-to-back
fights against Usyk.
But taking to social media on Monday night, Joshua accepted a
fight with Fury – if terms can be agreed. “Yea calm. I don’t do
the online discussions just for clout, so if you really about
it shout 258 Management. I’ll be ready in December,” he said.
Fury had earlier posted across his accounts: “I think you’ve
all heard I’m going to be fighting soon, in the next few
months. I think before I announce an opponent, I need to do
this just in case. Anthony Joshua, i know you’ve just lost a
fight to Usyk and you’re boutless at the moment.
“I’d like to give you an opportunity to fight me for the WBC
heavyweight championship of the world and the lineal
championship in the next few months. You’re coming off a 12-
round fight so you’re match fit, you’re ready. I’m giving you a
few months’ notice. If you’re interested, I’ll send you a date
over and we can rumble. A battle of Britain for the WBC
championship of the world; if you’re not interested, let me
know and I’ll select another opponent.”
Fury later claimed to have a venue and date locked in when he
tweeted: “Yo Anthony Joshua. What you saying big G let’s give
the fanz what they want as Usyk is b****ing ??? I got the date
and venue who will rule Britannia?” before posting a picture of
himself sitting on a throne with the caption: “Me sat waiting
on Anthony Joshua to take the Battle of Britain.”
Despite his defeat by Usyk last month, Joshua has already
pencilled in a return for December with promoter Eddie Hearn
planning a bout against a top-15 ranked opponent. Joshua then
planned to target a stadium fight next year with Wilder and
Dillian Whyte among the potential opponents.