’s US promoter Bob Arum has torn into and for ‘not wanting’ to fight The Gypsy King. The American claims the pair ‘aren’t anxious to make the fight’ happen because AJ is looking for “soft touches to get back in the swing of things”.

Joshua was set a one-day deadline yesterday to accept the fight with Fury after a disagreement over the proposed date. The official bout proposal stated that the contest would take place on November 12 at Old Trafford with a 60/40 purse split in favour of the WBC champion.

AJ’s team countered with the request to push it back one month to December 17 but that has since been denied by Fury who instead offered November 26 at Wembley Stadium or December 3 in Cardiff.

Hearn previously stated that December 17 had been booked by Fury’s camp for a fight against Derek Chisora at the Principality Stadium – also known as the Millenium Stadium – in Cardiff, Wales. Fury recently came out to deny these claims and has affirmed that he will look for another opponent if the issue is not resolved quickly.

Expanding on the current situation during an interview with Sky Sports, Arum said: “I really don’t think Joshua’s people are anxious to make the fight now. Because he’s come through a devastating loss and I think, conventionally, Joshua is going to want a couple of soft touches to get back in the swing of things.

“Our guy, Tyson Fury, wants to fight this year. I tried to see if we could get Usyk this year and apparently they don’t want to do it until February. We’re going to try to get an opponent for Tyson Fury – Joshua or somebody else – and make sure he gets in the ring this year.

“Eddie Hearn is just talking. Eddie Hearn, if he wanted to make the fight, he knows me well enough and knows I’m over here – he knows the Warrens. We haven’t really heard from Eddie Hearn; he’s really good at making statements to the press and television, but he’s not – I don’t think – anxious to make this fight.”

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However, according to Hearn and Frank Warren – Fury’s UK promoter – AJ’s team have been negotiating the deal with Frank’s son and Queensbury Promotions CEO, George Warren.

Speaking to the same publication, Hearn said: “I’m not quite sure what Bob Arum has spoken about, but I’ve had multiple phone calls with George Warren and exchanges of emails. The last being about a couple of minutes ago.”

He added: “We’re in continued discussions with Queensberry and I guess you guys will watch it all unfold on social media and on various media outlets around the world.”

Frank also confirmed that talks were ongoing with his son during an interview with iFL TV on Thursday.