Heavyweight king Tyson Fury has set Anthony Joshua a deadline of Monday to sign a contract to stage a huge showdown between the pair in Cardiff on December 3rd, saying if issues are not resolved by then the fight is off and he will begin to look elsewhere.
The Morecambe man gatecrashed a Frank Warren interview in Manchester following Joe Joyce‘s eleventh-round stoppage of Joseph Parker, reminding his promoter, “Monday Frank! Make sure this dosser signs this contract on Monday and if they don’t, it’s not going to Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday or the week after, they either sign it or they don’t. I’ve given them a ticket each to come to the party, if they don’t want to attend then the Gypsy King rolls on“.
That echoed the message Fury had conveyed to multiple outlets on the night as he seemed to grow frustrated with the dragging on of the negotiation period, with December 3rd growing ever closer.
Eddie Hearn, who was in Nottingham for his show headlined by Maxi Hughes and Kid Galahad, dismissed the supposed deadline, telling iFL TV that Joshua will not sign any contract by Monday. “Look, Tyson Fury has no intention of taking this fight if that’s the route he’s going to take. We’re having a meeting on Monday to discuss numerous points within the contract, this is the process, we waited nine days for the contract and we’ve been working very hard with Queensberry, no one’s been messing around. We’ve got meetings with BT, DAZN, Queensberry to go through the process and get this done, but it ain’t happening on Monday“.
Hearn then looked to call Fury’s bluff. “If you’re true to your word, which you never are, walk away from the fight if you don’t want it but the public know you’re going to fight Manuel Charr on December 3rd, it’s a joke. So don’t waste our time because we’ve spent a lot of time on this fight already“.