WBC World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has taken to Instagram once again to goad former unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, into a heavyweight showdown for December 3rd in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Fury was persuaded by promoter Frank Warren to allow talks to continue following Fury’s self-imposed deadline of 5 pm on the 26th of September passed. Fury is frustrated by the talks and the protracted nature of them and is reported that Manuel Charr is already scheduled as a backup option for the December 3rd date.
Anthony Joshua, Matchroom Boxing and 258 management have been sent a contract for the bout and has been in their possession for two weeks according to the parties involved with Fury. Concerns had been raised regarding the broadcast issues with Fury’s broadcast rights being held by BT Sport and ESPN and DAZN in regards to Joshua, However, today's statement by Fury suggests that the broadcast partners are happy with the terms presented by Frank Warren and that a co-promotion with Matchroom is agreed with the broadcasters and allows transparency in regards to costs, finances and contract obligations.
The statement reads as follows:
“My promoter Frank Warren convinced me to let Queensberry carry on negotiating with your team this week, despite me knowing that you were never going to do this fight.
I have just been told that BT, Dazn, ESPN all the broadcasters are all happy with the terms and are ready to support this fight. Your side has been given a contract that allows you to see every contract to negotiate contracts with any partners on the event. We have agreed to do it as co-promotion, everything in the pot, clean, fair, and transparently.
I had a bet with Frank that it didn’t matter what we offered you, you would not take this fight. So, it’s up to you, either I win my bet and you show the public the coward that you are or get your lawyers and your team on the phone today with my side, who are all available as they have been the whole time and get the contract signed.
You have had this contract for 2 weeks now, my team have got everything done with the broadcasters, tickets, venue everything is ready to go.
Someone sent me a video of your man Eddie (Hearn), talking about the Wilder fight with you a while back and he says in there if you want a fight made, you, your team and your lawyers move quickly to make it happen.
You have had 14 days, pull your finger out and make this fight happen for the British boxing public.
Don’t be a coward, instruct your team to get this deal done.”