Queensberry Promotions‘ George Warren confirmed in an interview with talkSPORT on Tuesday that a potential fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is now off.
Negotiations began for a potential all-British showdown between the two heavyweights last month but the process looked to have stalled in recent weeks as both camps exchanged contracts. Both sides accused each other of failing to maintain communications, with Bob Arum [of Top Rank, who have co-promoted Fury’s last five bouts alongside Queensberry] claiming Eddie Hearn was holding up the process to prevent the fight from taking place. Hearn responded promptly, pointing the finger at Fury’s constant setting of deadlines via social media as a reason for the holdup, insinuating a frustration and loss of patience on Team Joshua’s part.
George Warren, the son of Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren, has been the main driver of the negotiation process on Team Fury’s part and says that while there initially appeared to be intent from Joshua’s camp, a lack of communication from Hearn and Matchroom is the reason for the fight now not taking place. “My personal opinion is that everyone was working hard. There seemed to be intent from the AJ side to try and do this, there certainly was from our perspective to try and do this.
“We made quite extensive requests over to their side both verbally, in emails, text messages, chasing them down to try and engage with us in a quicker fashion last week. It fell down because quite frankly we got to a point with them where communication coming back from them and the substance of that communication was lacking.
“I would say there was no ambition on their side to help me try and keep the thing going, that’s what it felt like by the end of it.”