Usyk however, has declared himself unavailable until 2023, having now returned to his war-torn homeland. It was then that Fury turned his attention to Joshua, via a video message on Twitter.

The latest development hasn’t gone down well with boxing fans, with @Be_Safe79 saying: “The fight we knew was planned and coming all along. Fury used AJ for publicity yet again…” while @LukeBaker7 labelled the potential Charr bout “Absolute snooze fest.”