Tyson Fury has confirmed on his Instagram story that the planned meeting with fellow British heavyweight is now OFF, after talks reached an impasse. Fury, who reportedly sent the contract to AJ ten days ago, set a deadline of 5pm for the contract to be signed, but has now confirmed that no deal has been agreed and he will look elsewhere for his next opponent.
Speaking on Instagram he said: “Well guys, its 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’s now out in the cold with the wolfpack. Forget about it. Idiot. Coward. Sh*thouse. Bodybuilder.
“Always knew it. Always knew you didn’t have the minerals to fight the Gypsy King. Regardless of what the f*ck you say now, I don’t really care. Good luck with your career and your life. End of. Peace out.”
The two had looked likely to come to an agreement following AJ’s second defeat to Oleksandr Usyk and as recently as this weekend, the Olympic champion from 2012 was confident of getting this thing over the line.
“I’ve been signing contracts for years. It’s not in my hands, it’s with the legal team,” AJ said on his own social media. “That’s why you hire lawyers. If you know the history of boxing make sure you get the legal terms right, that’s why you get good management and good lawyers to make sure you get your business right. Of course I’m going to sign the contract, it’s just with some lawyers at the minute.”
Now however, it seems the biggest fight in British boxing is once again, frustratingly, off the table. We await reaction from Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn on this news, but the sport of boxing needs these major fights to happen in order to garner momentum. The fans of the sport are the real losers when it comes down to these negotiations. Once again, the promise of a major fight has failed to materialise into anything worth talking about.
For now, it's a resounding no from the Gypsy King.