Tyson Fury calls on Anthony Joshua to sign fight contract by Thursday
Anthony Joshua should “give British fans what they want” and sign a contract for a heavyweight world-title fight in December, according to Tyson Fury.
WBC champion Fury, 34, had given fellow Briton Joshua, 32, an ultimatum to sign by Monday, but has now extended the deadline to Thursday, according to social media.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said the contract had “no chance” of being signed by Monday.
“The ball is in your court; everything is complete,” Fury said.
“We have [broadcasters] BT, DAZN, and ESPN all on the same page, and everything is fine with them.
“If you have any dignity and pride, you will sign this contract today.
“I’m throwing you a huge bone, but I know I can punch your face in, so I’m willing to give you a chance. Give the British fans what they want.”
Joshua’s team has already verbally accepted Fury’s offer of a 60-40 purse split for a December 3 fight, and executives from BT Sport and streaming service DAZN were set to meet on Monday.
In a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk last month, Joshua failed to reclaim the WBA (Super), WBO, and IBF belts, losing on a split decision.
Ukrainian Usyk, 35, has stated that he intends to fight three more times before retiring, including a rematch with Fury, but Joe Joyce has become the mandatory challenger for Usyk’s WBO title after defeating Joseph Parker.