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Tyson Fury provides update on Anthony Joshua fight talks and slams ‘disrespectful’ Deontay Wilder


Tyson Fury is expected to fight British rival Anthony Joshua later this year (Picture: Getty)

Tyson Fury says he is expects his heavyweight unification fight with Anthony Joshua to be announced this week after being informed of several ‘exciting’ offers to host the bout.

Representatives from Fury and Joshua’s teams have been locked in talks for several weeks and Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn says he has been doing ‘everything he can’ to get the fight over the line.

The unbeaten WBC champion Fury has been out of action since beating Deontay Wilder in February 2020, while Joshua defended his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts against Kubrat Pulev last December.

‘I’m waiting,’ Fury told Behind The Gloves on Monday. ‘I’ve been told there’s a few good offers on the table from a few different counties, which is exciting news.

‘I’ve always been quite sceptical about it all. But I’ve been told there’s a few good offers on the table from a few major players.

‘I’m interested and excited to see if they’re feasible and if we can make it happen. If I don’t know anything by Tuesday, I’m just going to move on, because it’s been a long time in the making.

Joshua will put his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line against Fury (Picture: Getty)

‘I think it will 100 per cent happen, a million per cent. I think we will know where and when over the next few days. I’m confident it will be made. I want the fight to be announced this week.’

Fury also slammed former rival Wilder over his ‘excuses’ and ‘cheating’ accusations since they last fought.

The American heavyweight Wilder initially blamed his costume for his defeat to Fury in 2021, while he later accused Fury of cheating during the fight.

Fury battered Deontay Wilder in 2021 (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s a hurtful and resentful what he’s been saying, it’s not anything I’d say without concrete evidence,’ Fury said.

‘It’s disrespectful and dishonourable. As a champion, he’s let himself down. He couldn’t accept defeat as a champion would or a real man of honour would.

‘He’s had to make a million excuses and then accused me of cheating. It’s absolutely ridiculous.’

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