Tyson Fury has been warned ‘people are starting to see’ that he is becoming the ‘boy who cried wolf’ of the boxing world after he called off his fight with Anthony Joshua. Fury was initially set to take on fellow Englishman Joshua in Cardiff on December 3.

But the Gypsy King has announced that the bout is now off, after his heavyweight rival failed to meet the contract deadline he had set. Speaking on Instagram, Fury said: “Well guys, it’s official. D-day has come and gone. “It’s gone past five o’clock, Monday. 

“No contract has been signed. It’s officially over for Joshua. He is now out in the cold with the wolfpack. Forget about it. Idiot, coward, sh**house … and a bodybuilder.”

Following Fury’s outburst, many within the sport are speculating that the Gypsy King had no intention of taking on Joshua, and his harsh deadline was part of a publicity stunt. One man who has criticised the WBC heavyweight champion is former fighter Johnny Nelson.

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Claiming that Fury is ‘losing credibility’, Nelson said: “It’s got to the stage now where both parties have said ‘I want this fight’ and if this fight doesn’t happen, the buck stops with the fighters. “Will the fight happen? 

“Tyson Fury is slowly losing verbal credibility, because of the things he’s saying and not saying. You could laugh and joke at it, at first, and say, ‘You know Tyson, [it is] good [that] he’s not retired’, but now the things he’s saying are riling the hopes of a nation. To say, ‘this big fight is happening’ and then to say, ‘I have changed my mind now, it’s not happening because they didn’t do it on the day I wanted to do it on’… 

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“Now there’s a backlash coming against him because people are starting to see he’s like the boy that cried wolf.” Despite the worry over the ‘Battle of Britain’, Joshua’s promoter Frank Warren is hopeful the fight will still go ahead. “We’re trying to get it done, we’re working very hard to get it over the line,” Warren told talkSPORT

“If everyone agreed everything, it would be a huge undertaking, but we could do it that way. Tyson has told me what he wants. They’ve had the contract for 10 days and he’s lost patience with it. We’re trying to make it work and we had a good meeting today so we’ll see what happens.”