Tyson Fury raises doubts over Anthony Joshua blockbuster showdown, but promoter Frank Warren tells talkSPORT fight announcement is imminent
Tyson Fury claims an announcement regarding his British heavyweight boxing showdown with Anthony Joshua is not imminent, despite promoter Frank Warren suggesting otherwise.
The pair are expected to meet in all-British unification showdown this summer, which would result in the heavyweight’s first unified champion since Lennox Lewis.
Fury, though, has poured water on suggestions that the fight is close to being officially confirmed, with his focus lying elsewhere right now.
“Let’s break it down. Eddie Hearn is a boxing promoter. So is Bob Arum. It’s their job to sell a fight.
“Joshua is saying what he’s saying, I’m not on social media at the moment at all. So whatever they are saying is very unimportant to me.
“Until I’ve got a fight, a date and hell of a lot of money in my pocket, there is no fight. There’s a lot of things going on that people don’t know about behind the scenes that can scupper a fight like that.
“So nothing is actually on until you are in the ring. So yeah, we are nowhere near that at the moment.”
He added: “Will I be fighting Joshua in the next ten minutes? No. Do I think the fight will eventually happen? Yes, it has to happen.
“Do I think it is next or imminent? No. I am not going to hold my breath for it, that’s for sure.
“I am not going to put all my eggs in one basket because I have been guilty of doing that before and, when the fight doesn’t happen, that is when I end up in a massive depression and feel like killing myself.
“I am not going to say ‘it is definitely happening in June or July’”.
Warren joined Jim White and Simon Jordan on Thursday to respond to rumours the British showdown could now be delayed until NOVEMBER as negotiations over a site and a site fee rumble on.
There are huge doubts over the fight if that happens, as it would make it the best part of two years since Fury last stepped into the ring.
But Warren played down those suggestions on talkSPORT as he called for patience, while admitting Fury is getting a ‘bit peed off’
“We’ve all agreed to announce any news simultaneously, so I can’t break a confidence I’ve agreed to,” he told White and Jordan.
“But what I can say is that everything is agreed, it’s an imminent announcement and we’ve got to work on a site, and that’s it.
“It’s absolutely moving in the right direction and everybody is on the same page. Nobody is more frustrated than the fighters and us, we’ve worked like you cannot believe to get this over the line.
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“I think Tyson is a bit peed off about it because it’s dragging on and on and on. Hopefully everybody will be getting the good news soon, they’ll be happy and everyone can more onto the next stage of this, which is to get this site sorted out.
“We hope it doesn’t happen later, we’re working hard to get it done sooner rather than later.
“The contracts are agreed and they will be signed, 100 per cent, I’m confident of that. By the end of the week? I hope so!”
The Gypsy King has an uncanny knock of conning reporters and also joked in his interview with IFL that he’s currently drinking up to ’12 pints of a day’ on holiday.
“I have stopped training at the moment, I am on holiday. I am drinking anything between eight, ten, 12 pints of lager a day, at the minute,” Fury claimed.
“But I am not eating so I am getting my calories through alcohol.
“I have trained and trained and trained with no progress so I am now a man of leisure.”