Tyson Fury sheds light on ‘Battle of Britain’ deadline (VIDEO) – RT Sport News

World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has given British rival Anthony Joshua a reprieve after revealing on Thursday he would give Joshua more time to agree to the terms of their proposed clash on December 3, after previously announcing that his self-imposed deadline to sign a contract had expired.

Fury and Joshua, the most well-known British heavyweights of their generation, looked set to finally meet in the ring in just over two months after Fury’s public proclamations that he would offer Joshua attractive terms on a deal. .

However, Fury withdrew the offer at 5pm UK time on Monday after saying in a social media video that his deadline had come and gone – despite Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealing the day before that ‘there was “no chance” that an agreement would be reached by then.

Hearn cited several discussions regarding broadcast elements of the fight that required agreement before a contract could be signed, with executives from broadcasters BT Sport and DAZN meeting on Monday to iron out potential rights distribution issues.

“My promoter Frank Warren convinced me to let Queensberry continue to negotiate with your team this week, although I know you’re never going to make this fight.“Fury said Thursday.

“So the deadline was Monday,” he added. “I allowed Frank to continue having meetings with your team and your broadcasters and all that. Now we have BT, DAZN and ESPN on the same page. They are happy with everything, they are all ready to rock and roll.

“You ask for a lot of things, you want to be co-promoters when you’re a willing challenger. Guess what, I said, give it to them, let them be co-promoters.

“You wanted full transparency, even though you are not an equal shareholder in this party. You know what I said? Give them full transparency, I have nothing to hide, I’m not trying to rob anyone, I haven’t robbed anyone of a dime in my life.

“So now you have full transparency, everything is clean and fair. Now Joshua the ball is really in your court son.”

Joshua has stated publicly that he will sign the contract as soon as it is signed by his representatives, and had previously agreed to a 60-40 split of revenue sharing.

Fury further addressed Joshua and said if he had any “dignity,“He will sign the agreement as soon as possible.

“Everyone is done. If you’re a man, and if you have any kind of dignity and pride, you’ll get this contract signed today. That’s it. There are no more days, weeks, months, it’s been more than two weeks since you had the contract and you still haven’t signed“Added Fury.

“Show the public that you really are the big coward that I know you are, and don’t sign it. I don’t care if you sign it or not, it makes no difference to me. You are a beaten man and I am a world champion. I’m throwing you a big bone, but I know I can kick your ass so I’m willing to give you a chance.

“There is nothing more to do, everyone is happy. Put your team in mine, they will be available all day, as they have been for the past two weeks. Get that contract signed!

“Let the UK fans have what they want. There’s no racing, you gotta fight me. You can’t escape. The fury is coming.”

Hearn, however, says he’s baffled by Camp Fury’s statements given talks are currently progressing at a pace he deems acceptable.

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“I don’t want to get involved in any back and forth that is going to negatively impact this ongoing fight, but to be honest, we’re pretty baffled by the situation.“said the promoter.

“First, when we agreed on the terms of the fight, it took us over a week to receive a draft contract. We haven’t had that contract for 14 days.

“I don’t know why Tyson Fury continues to set unrealistic deadlines while offering the fight to a number of other heavyweights for the selected date. If he’s serious about the current fight, I suggest he let Matchroom and Queensberry continue to work hard to make the fight, which everyone has been striving to make.

“You cannot publicly continue to walk away from a fight and then resume negotiations when there have been so many positive conversations. We’ll see what happens from here.”


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