By: Sean Cross
Not only did the WBC and world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury offer to fight Antonio Joshua on Monday, they also offered Joshua a 60/40 cash split in the heavyweight event. “I’m feeling beat up,” Fury said in a video posted on social media Tuesday, “messages about how much I’m going to pay AJ…I’m giving him 60/40.” Forty percent of this amazing fight is because I want this fight to happen. He has no reason now not to take it. He can’t say that I lowered the ball and offered him 20 percent or 30 percent. I offered 40 percent to the people. Take it or leave it. Let us know. Boom.”
Fury wants to face Oleksandr Usyk, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion who recently defeated Joshua for the second time before the end of the year. Fury says Usyk has no interest in fighting anytime soon, but his focus is on Joshua. While Joshua won’t be able to regain the title belts he previously lost to Usyk in their rematch, the man remains one of the most popular fighters on the planet – especially in England, where he and Fury call home. Fury referred to the match against Joshua as the “Battle of Britain”.
The truth is that the fight between the two top Englishmen cannot be reduced before the end of 2022. Joshua just had a second match with Usyk – he lost the match. Moreover, Joshua initially had trouble accepting Usyk’s replay score. Without a doubt, here is the professional athlete who many expect to take time off to gain the physical and emotional strength needed to compete in a high-level boxing match. Joshua is nothing if not competitive.
Also, if he beats London’s Joshua Fury, he will not only recapture the title, but also the heavyweight championship, making the man who defeated him all the way back to back. In the late 1800s. Nothing small. As for Fury, the colorful champion has said he wants to fight before the end of the year after demolishing longtime rival Dillian Witt last spring. Now the main question is whether the opponent will be Joshua or not.