Tyson Fury has denied that a two-fight deal is fully agreed to face Anthony Joshua casting major doubts over the Battle of Britain taking place in 2021.
Representatives from both Fury and Joshua’s camps earlier this week confirmed that an agreement was in place for a double-header next year.
But the Gypsy King, who must first overcome a trilogy bout against Deontay Wilder, has denied that the unification fight is signed and sealed.
The 31-year-old claims personal terms have not yet been agreed – which is a huge sticking point as that is what stopped Joshua stepping in the ring to take on the Bronze Bomber.
“I don’t think there are any terms that have been reached re the Joshua fight,” Fury said. “I just think both fighters have agreed to fight in 2021 providing we come through our upcoming fights.
“I’ve heard it all before to be honest, fights like this have been agreed before and then not materialised because one fighter has lost or whatever.
“I have been in this situation before and it didn’t happen the last time I was in this situation.
“So I’m not going to concentrate on that fight at all, I’m only concentrating on the Bronze Bomber and that’s the fight I have next, whenever that is going to be.”
Fury must first defend his WBC heavyweight belt against American Wilder later this year.The Wythenshawe-born fighter won the world title via a seventh-round stoppage in February following a controversial draw in their initial bout.
Joshua is also set to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev and he must avoid another upset to stay on track to face Fury.
But it is Fury who faces the more dangerous opponent next up and he knows he cannot lose any focus by thinking about Joshua.
“I like to keep busy,” he added. “I like to know what’s coming up in my future.
“A lot of people say it’s a big mistake to book fights in advance, but I never overlook an opponent, I always train really hard and I always dedicate to the fighter I’m about to fight, not someone I’m about to fight in the future.
“So I’ll never take Deontay Wilder lightly because I know what he holds in both hands and I know what he can do if you give him the opportunity.
“So I’m going to train really, really hard for Deontay Wilder, I’m going to put in a great performance, get him out the way, and then we’ll put Wilder to bed and move on to Joshua.”
Published at Sat, 13 Jun 2020 21:30:00 +0000