Proposals have currently stalled with the pair at odds over the date of the bout, with Fury offering Joshua November 5 at Old Trafford, November 26 at Wembley, or December 3 in Cardiff. However, promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed his challenger favours a clash on December 17, presumably at The Principality Stadium given the venue can utilise a roof.
Now ‘The Gypsy King’ has issued a ‘take it or leave it’ ultimatum over the early December date, but only after appearing on talkSPORT to mock Bellew’s views. The Scouse star had previously told the station: “He’s come off the back of two defeats [Joshua] and yet a champion is calling you out. AJ is the biggest draw in the heavyweight division. I’m sorry to say it guys. It doesn’t matter if he’s lost twice or not – he’s still the biggest draw.”
Former cruiserweight world champion Bellew, 39, also argued his friend should have an equal split of the purse, despite not holding any title belts following his second successive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk. And on Wednesday, Fury told the White and Jordan show exactly what he thought of the comments.
British boxing fans would undoubtedly laud a Fury v Joshua fight finally being confirmed, with the rivalry having festered for years. The pair were set to do battle in Saudi Arabia in 2021, before Wilder’s legal team intervened over a contractual clause which left Fury obliged to face the American first.
Joshua’s second defeat to Usyk scuppered the prospect of a unification bout between the two. But the Ukrainian then revealed he wouldn’t face Fury before 2023, which has seemingly opened the door for Joshua to have a shot at becoming a world champion again.