- Feb 21, 2023
Fury and promoter Frank Warren blamed Usyk's camp for ending the talks after Usyk agreed to only take 30% of the split, while Fury insisted on 50-50. As it stands, Usyk is expected to fight WBA mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois, while Fury does not have an obvious next opponent.
However, Joshua's potential fight with Jermaine Franklin on Saturday will determine whether a Joshua versus Fury showdown is possible. If Joshua wins, he is willing to put himself in line to face Fury, as he believes that Fury needs him to enhance his reputation with the public.
As quoted by BBC Sport, Joshua said:
"There's no better time to get Fury in the ring than now because he needs me to redeem himself from this circus. This letdown.
"He needs me so there's no better time than for him to call my name out and I'm someone that will take on any challenge."
Previously, when Tyson Fury did not hold any world title belts, Anthony Joshua's promoters Matchroom Sport offered him a 40% split, but Fury rejected the offer. They were scheduled to fight in 2022, but Deontay Wilder forced a trilogy fight with Fury instead. Negotiations were attempted again in the autumn, but Fury imposed a timeframe for the agreement, and they could not reach a deal within that time.
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