Anthony Joshua ‘delays’ boxing return after Tyson Fury fight talks collapse
Anthony Joshua will reportedly push back his return to the ring after fight talks with Tyson Fury collapsed.
AJ was in line to face Fury in December after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk in August. The Gypsy King offered Joshua a contract for the all-English bout, but AJ failed to agree terms by Fury's deadline.
Joshua's apprehension cost boxing promoter Frank Warren £10,000 as he was so sure the fight would happen, he bet doubtful Fury the five-figure amount. And after losing his cash, Warren's also lost faith in the bout ever happening in the future.
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Fury's wasted no time in finding his next opponent and has confirmed he'll take on Derek Chisora in December instead. But fight fans will have to wait until next year to see Joshua in action again, according to Boxing Scene.
Otto Wallin and Chris Arreola had been touted as possible opponents for AJ on December 17, but he's turned down the brawls in favour for a return to the ring in February or March, it was added.
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And that will be a warm-up fight for a possible clash with old foe Dillian Whyte later in the year. There's no love lost between the pair who regularly trade barbs since their rivalry began after their bout at the Olympics in 2009 that Whyte won.
AJ got his revenge in 2015 when he got the better of Whyte at the O2 Arena. And their bitter feud sets the stage for a potentially gripping rematch in 2023 as both stars have a point to prove.
But another possible opponent for AJ is American heavyweight Deontay Wilder. The Bronze Bomber, who lost his trilogy fight with Fury, declared he's open to fighting AJ next if the price is right after winning his comeback bout against Finn Robert Helenius in the first round.
One reason AJ could be avoiding the ring for the time-being is because he's focusing on his music career. The 32-year-old recently dropped a savage rap laden with expletives that was uploaded on Instagram.
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