Anthony Joshua slams 'nightmare' Tyson Fury fight situation and fears it may never happen after Usyk talks collapse | The Sun

ANTHONY JOSHUA is dreading the prospect of negotiating another fight with Tyson Fury after seeing how the Gypsy King scuppered a historic clash with Oleksandr Usyk.

Fury's proposed undisputed heavyweight showdown with the Ukranian went up in smoke last week after months of negotiations.

Team Usyk pulled the plug on the April 29 bout due to a squabble over a rematch clause after sensationally agreeing to a 70-30 split in favour of the Brit.

And Fury's antics on social media and behind closed doors have made Joshua less than excited at a second round of negotiations with the WBC heavyweight king.

He said: “I tell you what, if he is doing a 70/30 split for an undisputed heavyweight world title fight, to an already undisputed cruiserweight and unified heavyweight champion, imagine what he is going to try to offer me.

“It’s just a nightmare."


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AJ, who returns to the ring on Saturday night against American Jermaine Franklin, is adamant his team wouldn't be bullied by Fury.

The 33-year-old said: “When that fight happens – God willing it does – then my management and promotional team will be in my corner, they will back me, they know what I bring to the table.

“They would negotiate fiercely to make sure I get a lion’s share of what’s on the table.”

Joshua's clash with Franklin will be his first outing since back-to-back defeats to pound-for-pound king Usyk.

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And he's fully aware a third defeat on the bounce will spell the end of his title-challenging days.

He told SunSport: "How long can this run go on for, three or four years?

"And you know how quick time goes.

“We’re saying this now and we can look back in two years, three years, and be like, 'F***ing hell where’s the time gone?'

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“So, if I was going to do another run after this, you’re talking about fighting into my forties.

"And I truly believe that boxing is a young man’s sport.

“It takes a real solid character like Bernard Hopkins, George Foreman, Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin, to go on into their forties.

“But I think this is a run I want to make successful and then, you know, hopefully, go out on top.”

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