The ‘Gypsy King’ is set to face Francis Ngannou in a crossover fight on October 28th, 2023.
The announcement did not go down well with the fan base since the WBC heavyweight champion was not facing a professional boxer.
However, prior to that, the attempts to get Joshua and Usyk in the ring failed. Fury’s camp had offered AJ a 60-40 split on two occasions.
One was prior to the Dereck Chisora fight. However, Joshua’s camp alleged that unrealistic deadlines meant the fight could not get made.
In addition, another offer for a fight in September wasn’t successful, as Joshua decided to focus on rebuilding by having a fight on August 12th, 2023, in the hope of facing Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, a fight with Usyk failed despite the Ukrainian agreeing to a 70-30 split. The star reportedly wanted the same split for the winner in a rematch, but this could not get resolved.
And now Fury has questioned whether those opponents want to get in the ring with him.
“In this last year I’ve tried two or three times. It’s always not happened for whatever reason. I’m not optimistic. For about a week during the negotiations of this year I was very optimistic.
“You can’t force someone to do something they don’t want to do. Unless both parties are willing then these fights don’t get made, as we’ve seen over the years,” Fury