Tyson Fury has cancelled his proposed heavyweight fight with Anthony Joshua after a deadline set by Fury’s camp expired on Monday without a deal.
Fury issued an ultimatum to Joshua on Friday night, stating that if a deal could not be reached in time, he would withdraw from the blockbuster all-British fight.
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On Monday evening, the WBC champion posted on Instagram, “Well guys, it’s official. The big day has come and gone. Monday has passed five o’clock. There is no contract in place.
“Joshua’s career is officially over. He’s out in the cold with the wolfpack now.”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had already stated that contracts would not be signed by Monday.
“It ain’t in my hands – it’s with a legal team,” Joshua said on Instagram Live. That is why you hire attorneys.
“You know the history of boxing; make sure your legal terms are correct.” That is why you have good management and lawyers.
“Of course, I’m signing the contract.” It’s only with a few lawyers right now.”
Fury’s offer of a 60-40 purse split has already been verbally accepted by Joshua’s team.
Last month, Joshua was defeated for the second time in a row by Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia, and Fury’s hopes of a title unification match were dashed after the Ukrainian stated he will not return to the ring until 2023.