Anthony Joshua ACCEPTS offer from Tyson Fury to stage British blockbuster on December 17 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, with 60/40 purse split agreed… after the Gypsy King’s promoter Frank Warren tweaked original November date to make mega-fight happen
WBC heavyweight champion Fury handed Joshua a world title lifeline on Monday morning, challenging him to a blockbuster bout in December.
Joshua publicly accepted the offer but told Fury he would not engage in ‘online discussions just for clout’. Instead, he told the Gypsy King to approach his representatives.
Eddie Hearn (left) has received written terms from Frank Warren over a Battle of Britain clash between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua (right)
Hearn and Matchroom boxing have now confirmed that Fury’s promoter sent over written terms for a potential bout this year and AJ’s team have since accepted.
Warren has offered a 60/40 split purse for the fight and named the Millennium stadium as the potential location.
Warren has also included a rematch clause in the deal and proposed for the fight to take place on November 12th.
It is a generous offer considering Fury’s last fight with Dillian Whyte was an 80/20 split purse, showing how keen the WBC champion is to get the fight agreed.
Joshua and his team have accepted the terms, but only on the condition that the fight takes place on December 17th.
Frank Warren (pictured, centre) has sent over a written offer for the fight and AJ has accepted
Joshua (right) has suffered successive defeats to Ukrainian mastermind Oleksandr Usyk (left)
Fury has been pushing for an undisputed bout against WBA, WBO and IBF titleholder Usyk after the Ukrainian mastermind handed Joshua a second-successive points defeat last month.
However, Usyk has ruled himself out of fighting until next year – forcing Fury to go on the hunt for a new opponent.
Fury – who has said he is eager to defend his WBC belt this year regardless of Usyk’s availability – has subsequently called out Joshua.
More to follow…