By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury says he’s moving on if Anthony Joshua doesn’t sign the contract for a December 3rd fight by Monday.
In an interview with BT Sport on Youtube, which has now been deleted, WBC heavyweight champion Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) is giving Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) a strict ultimatum of Monday for him to sign his contract.
There’s little chance Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is going to be ready to have the contract signed by Fury’s silly deadline on Monday. So instead of Fury getting the Joshua fight in December, he’ll end up with a scrub.
Considering that the video of Fury setting a Monday deadline has now been removed, it makes you wonder who made the decision to have it deleted.
After all, it’s totally self-defeating on Fury’s part to set a deadline because it’s the biggest money fight available for him. If he doesn’t fight Joshua, he’ll likely face 37-year-old Manuel Charr, and few want to see that garbage fight.
“I was optimistic about three weeks, but it shouldn’t be taking this long to sign a contract,” Fury said in speaking with BT Sport. “We’ll know by Monday anyway because if it’s not done by Monday, I’m moving on.”
As you can see, Fury is overplaying his A-side position to the hilt. If you’re Joshua, you’d be better off telling Fury to get lost and instead fight Deontay Wilder next. That would be a huge fight without any silly deadlines or ultimatums for the negotiations.
“I’m not waiting around for some guy who’s lost three of his last five fights,” said Fury.
It was Fury that was hounding Joshua night & day on social media for a December, not the other way around. The way Fury is talking, he acts like it was Joshua that was begging for a fight rather than the other way around.
“I hate to say it, but those two knockdowns that Deontay Wilder scored in their trilogy fight last October may have warped Fury’s senses because he’s got things twisted now.
“He’s lucky I’m giving him a world title shot, but I don’t mind chucking him a bone,” said Fury.
“He is an invited guest at my party, my rules, so if you want to play the game, come to the banquet and take your seat,” said Fury.