Is Anthony Joshua Close To Accepting £15M To Let Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk Happen?
Multiple British newspapers are reporting that Anthony Joshua will accept eight figures in step aside money to let a heavyweight title unification happen between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury.
But on Monday, Joshua took to Instagram and said that he had not signed anything for the suggested to happen, BBC Sport reported.
“You know what’s bad about all these interviews I see? I see certain interviews that quote what I said, and I think to myself: ‘I ain’t done no interviews. Where did this person get this information from?” Joshua said.
“I’m hearing people saying, ‘AJ accepts £15m to step aside’. I ain’t signed no contract, I ain’t seen no contract.”
The heavyweight division has been tangled up ever since Usyk upset Joshua in September and Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight.
Joshua activated his rematch clause with Usyk almost immediately after his loss.
Fury, meanwhile, has been looking for his next opponent, eyeing Usyk in a heavyweight unification match. But interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte has cut in on that, as well as the WBC.
Fury vs Whyte was ordered by the sanctioning body, but the purse bid for negotiations to get settled has been postponed three times.
If Joshua were to step aside and abandon his rematch with Usyk for now, this would allow Fury vs Usyk to happen and an undisputed heavyweight winner would be decided.
The Telegraph reported that Joshua is on the verge of accepting £15 million – or over US $20 million – to allow Usyk to fight Fury in the Middle East.
But Joshua told his fans to stop listening to “bulls—t” written about him.
“Don’t listen to the bullsh–t from other sources, if I tell you something then you know it’s from me,” he said.