Tyson Fury rules out bout with Anthony Joshua after deadline expires

Tyson Fury set Anthony Joshua’s camp an ultimatum on September 24, insisting he would walk away from the long-anticipated boxing match if a deal could not be done by September 26

September 27, 2022 02:21 pm | Updated 04:45 pm IST - LONDON

File picture of boxer Tyson Fury

File picture of boxer Tyson Fury | Photo Credit: Action Images via Reuters

Tyson Fury has ruled out fighting fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua after his self-imposed deadline expired.

Fury set Joshua’s camp an ultimatum on Friday night, insisting he would walk away from the long-anticipated fight if a deal could not be done by Monday.

In a video story posted on Fury’s Instagram, the WBC champion said: “Well guys, it’s official. D-day has come and gone. It’s gone past 5 o’clock, Monday. No contract has been signed.

“It’s officially over for Joshua. He is now out in the cold with the wolfpack."

Joshua accepted Fury challenge verbally

Anthony Joshua (left) during a fight against Oleksandr Usyk at the Rage on the Red Sea Heavyweight Title Fight on August 20, 2022, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. File

Anthony Joshua (left) during a fight against Oleksandr Usyk at the Rage on the Red Sea Heavyweight Title Fight on August 20, 2022, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. File | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, had already said there was “no chance” of contracts being signed by Monday, while Joshua said on Sunday that the negotiations were down to his lawyers.

Joshua had verbally accepted Fury’s offer of a 60-40 purse split in favor of Fury.

The unbeaten Fury's last fight was in April when he knocked out another British fighter, Dillian Whyte, in front of around 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium.

Fury’s hopes of landing a fight with Oleksandr Usyk, who retained the WBA, WBO, and IBF belts by beating Joshua in Saudi Arabia last month, were dashed when the Ukrainian said he did not intend to fight again this year.

Fury then turned his sights on Joshua.

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