Anthony Joshua has entered the WBC heavyweight rankings in sixth and believes that his chance against the champion may not come again
Following his split decision loss loss to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk last month in Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua is believed to feel that his chance to fight Tyson Fury may not come again if he misses the offer from the fellow British who is the WBC belt holder.
This is further affirmed by his promoter,
Eddie Hearn, who was quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying that Anthony Joshua believes this is his only chance to face Tyson Fury.
Many expected that the next big move in the heavyweight division would see Fury fight Usyk in a unification bout, but it is Joshua who appears to have been given that chance.
As it currently stands, according to Manchester Evening News, Frank Warren an English boxing manager has confirmed that negotiations are ‘90% done’ but has urged those with an interest to be cautious as a fight can never be guaranteed to be taking place with all of the moving parts involved in such negotiations.
Hearn’s Matchroom team are currently in negotiations with Warren, who represents Fury and the British promoter explained the reasoning behind the fight when speaking on Sky Sports News.
The Mathroom chairman said: “He (Fury) thinks: ‘this is my only chance’. Because if he fights Usyk, win or lose I think he’ll retire or you never know with Fury, he could just never fight again.
“The reason he accepts these terms is he feels this is the only chance he’ll get to fight Tyson Fury.” He added. “So therefore, okay, it would have been better to come off a victory but we’re here and (Joshua thinks) I can beat him and I feel good.
“When he drew to (Deontay) Wilder, we offered Fury the fight against AJ and we offered him 60-40 and he said no and he said I’ll only take 50-50
“That’s one of the reasons I wanted to push back on some of the terms. But in the end it was AJ who overruled and said no just accept it.”