Once again it appears that the dream of a massive Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua superfight is dead in the water.
After brief hope, with all major terms agreed for a December 3 date in Cardiff, negotiations for the all-British blockbuster now appear to be over with both sides having a very different view on why ultimately it did not happen again.
Eddie Hearn on Fury vs Joshua collapse
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn appeared on various media outlets in the last 24 hours, reasoning that big fights are not made in a short space of time, despite repeated deadlines set by ‘The Gypsy King’ in his social media posts in recent days.
The Matchroom supremo said the contract had to be right for Joshua and his commercial partners, and also claimed that Dereck Chisora has now received a contract for a proposed trilogy fight vs Fury on December 3.
George Warren verdict
George Warren of Queensberry Promotions (Fury’s co-promoter) appeared on White and Jordan on talkSPORT to confirm that the fight appears to be off, and give his take on why.
He said: “I think the first thing to say is there’s always gonna be a difference in opinion in the extent of what needed to be done to get that deal over the line last week.
“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.
“And 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.”
There had been real hope that this fight – which had come close to happening in August 2021 – would finally take place before the end of 2022. Joshua had agreed to the date and Fury getting the better end of a 60-40 revenue split.