The heavyweight division is making some moves.
This time, former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has accepted current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s offer – over social media.
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) September 5, 2022
“I think you’ve all heard that I’m going to be fighting soon within the next few months,” Fury said, “and I think that before I announce an opponent that I need to do this, just in case: Anthony Joshua, I know you’ve just lost a fight to Usyk and you’re beltless at the moment, and 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 twelve round fight, so you’re much fit, you’re ready. I’m giving you a few months notice. If you’re interested I’ll send you the date over and we can rumble. A battle of Britain for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world. Let me know if you’re interested. If not, I will select another opponent. Thank you very much and good night. Boom.”
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) September 5, 2022
“Yea calm. I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if your really about it shout @258mgt. I’ll be ready in December. Khalas,” Joshua responded.
Since unretiring on August 26, Fury has been active on social media and has been repeatedly calling out Joshua for a British super fight. Fury has been also tweeting at unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, but claims that the Ukrainian boxer hasn’t made any moves to make the undisputed title fight happen.
Usyk said after his split decision victory against Joshua on August 20 that the only fight he wants is against Fury – otherwise he will not fight again. But, nothing has been made official.
Fury has since readjusted his efforts towards Joshua.
Fury walked in and out of retirement talks, but ultimately chose to remain in the sport after WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman gave him a deadline to decide.
The “Gypsy King” is coming off of a knockout victory over Dillian Whyte in April. Before that, he capped off his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder with a knockout.
Joshua, meanwhile, hasn’t seen the same success lately. He is 0-2 in his last two bouts – both losses were served by Usyk.
Joshua told media prior to his rematch with Usyk that he had no plans of retiring.
Aside from Fury, Andy Ruiz Jr – who recently knocked down Luis Ortiz three times for a unanimous decision win – has stated that he wants a trilogy fight with Joshua.
The Fury-Joshua matchup is one that was supposed to happen years ago, but it never came to fruition.
Fury revealed that he’s offered Joshua a 60/40 split.
“I’m being bombarded with messages on how much am I going to pay AJ, and everyone’s saying 80/20, 70/30, 75/25,” said Fury.
“The actual answer is I’ve offered him 60/40. 40% of this amazing fight because I want this fight to happen. He doesn’t have any excuses now not to take it. He can’t say I’ve lowballed him and offered him 20% or 30%. I’ve offered the people 40%. Take it or leave it. Let us know.”