Tyson Fury has claimed that IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua turned down a two-fight offer from WBC champion Deontay Wilder worth £61m, according to a report on the Express.
Joshua and Wilder were locked in negotiations for several months earlier this year and it seemed that a huge world title fight would be arranged for the end of the calendar year.
However, talks between the two camps broke down and Joshua was then ordered to fight his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, opening up the door for Fury to fight Wilder.
Wilder has spoken of his respect for Fury for stepping in and doing what Joshua couldn’t and Fury is claiming that he has been shown proof of the offers made to Joshua.
I know some quite close details on that. The details is: Wilder’s team offered Joshua’s team £61million ($80million) for a two-fight deal.
£38million ($50million) for the first fight and £23million ($30million) for the rematch if Joshua lost. And they declined that. And my lawyer – Robert Davis – he saw proof of funds from Al Haymon.
So Eddie Hearn and his buddies can say all this, that and the other, but I know the truth. Because proof of funds was seen.
The thing is with Anthony Joshua, he’s an Olympic gold medallist and in the UK he’s a massive star. He sells out stadiums. 70,000, 90,000. Huge star. So why would you want to get him beat by somebody nobody has really heard of?
They took the risk in the (Wladimir) Klitschko fight. It almost didn’t pay off. They scraped through by the skin of their teeth. But he done it, fair play.
They’re just keeping that money train going. And I don’t blame them, because this is a business at the end of the day.
Joshua has already booked out Wembley Stadium for April 2019 and he is expected to fight either Fury or Wilder next.