Fury makes Joshua cash offer public to prove he isn’t ‘low balling’
Anthony Joshua tells Tyson Fury he will be ‘ready in December’ for title fight
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Tyson Fury has offered Anthony Joshua a 60/40 purse split for their proposed all-British showdown later this year.
In a video posted to social media, Fury told fans: “Hi guys, just a quick one, I’m being bombarded with messages on how much I’m going to pay AJ. Everyone’s saying 80-20, 70-30, 75-25. The actual answer is, I’ve offered him 60-40. 40 per cent of this amazing fight because I want this fight to happen.
“He doesn’t have any excuses now not to take it, he can’t say I’ve low-balled him and have offered his 20 per cent, 30 per cent. I’ve offered the people 40 per cent. Take it or leave it, let us know. Boom.”
The announcement comes after Fury offered to face Joshua in December following the news that Oleksandr Usyk would be unable to fight The Gypsy King this year. Originally Fury’s team were targeting a contest with the Ukrainian on December 17 but with the unified heavyweight champion still nursing injuries from his last fight with AJ, the undisputed bout has been pushed back to 2023.
With Fury keen on fighting at the back end of this year, Joshua has been given first dibs on a shot at the WBC title and has verbally accepted the challenge. It is understood that Joshua has received an official written offer this afternoon, as per Frank Warren who affirmed that the deal is “very fair.”
“They haven’t even seen the terms yet so I’m certainly not going to be discussing it publicly. The terms that we are gonna put forward I think are very, very fair,” he told talkSPORT.
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“We’ll put it into writing and then they can make their decision. We’re talking about being very, very fair. Tyson is being extremely fair and if and when these come out, if they wanna publicise them, you’ll all be shocked.”
Fury has previously stated that he would fight Joshua for free, but it appears that won’t be the case given the purse split. If a fight between the pair is signed, it will likely be among the most lucrative fights in the history of the sport.
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