Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren has detailed the latest developments in the Tyson Fury versus Anthony Joshua saga as talks continue between the two teams.
The respective camps have been locked into negotiations in recent weeks for a potential showdown in Cardiff on December 3rd but the process has been predictably tumultuous given the magnitude of the contest. We are told that the date, location, purse split and rematch clause is now agreed but there are several major creases still to iron out before fans can expect an announcement.
Writing in his weekly column for StarSport, Fury promoter Warren revealed that the WBC champion had agreed to a co-promotion between broadcasters BT Sport, ESPN and DAZN, as well as for Team Joshua’s involvement in the forming of commercial deals pertaining to the contest. “Tyson agreed to a full co-promotion, a seat for AJ at the negotiating table with the commercial partners, total transparency in all deals and even an independent mediator to sit in the middle if either side wasn’t happy with something.”
Warren also noted that while talks have been positive thus far between the two teams, they have slowed this week as the December 3rd date looms with an announcement surely required sooner rather than later. “Conversations with the other side have been amicable but they’ve been slower than they should have been, especially this week. There just hasn’t seemed to be any urgency from Joshua to get it done and when deals take longer than they should to finalise, you start to question if they really want it.
Queensberry’s Warren said he was very, very confident of getting the fight on in the coming weeks last Saturday in Manchester, but his optimism looks to have faded somewhat seven days later. “As of writing this today, that’s where we are. There’s still radio silence, still no returned calls or responses to emails or updates (except for Eddie talking to the press on Thursday saying they were sending the contract over on Thursday; it hasn’t arrived yet!).They’ve had the contract for 15 days (at the time of this going live). I thought everybody wanted to get this done but now I’m not so sure.”
One thing that is for sure is that December isn’t far away and Fury rightly won’t risk jeopardising an undisputed contest with Oleksandr Usyk in the first quarter of 2023. If we are to see the all-British showdown between Fury and Joshua, it likely has to happen before the end of this year. The ship could be about to sail and there’s no sign it’ll be docking again anytime soon.