According to Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, Tyson Fury has been personally calling him to try and setup a clash with the current IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion in 2019, the Metro report.
The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ recently took on WBC champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles, with the bout ending in a controversial split decision draw.
Joshua on the other hand is still looking to finalise a deal with a fellow heavyweight for next April, with the Brit having Wembley Stadium booked out once again following his victory over Alexander Povetkin at the national venue in September.
Fury, Wilder and Dillian Whyte have all been linked as possible challengers for Joshua, who publicly stated last week his desire to face Wilder.
However, with no fight finalised as of yet, Fury has reportedly been taking matters into his own hands, by personally texting and calling Joshua’s promoter Hearn.
Talking in the week, Hearn said:
He [Fury] texted me a few times, we’ve spoken a few times. Joshua wants to be undisputed. If he can’t get those then he looks at Fury and Dillian.
He [Fury] is calling me. [Whyte] is a great fight. We tried to make that fight before. Whyte-Fury is a massive fight. That’s a Wembley fight.
The promoter then went on to add that Joshua will need to find an opponent before the end of January to guarantee a fight in April at Wembley.
I think he’s about 80% likely to fight at Wembley on April 13. I think the priority [for Joshua] is Wilder. He wants to fight Wilder. But I don’t believe that will happen.
If it’s an April 13 date at Wembley you’d need it on sale end of January, something like that. [But] they’re not showing a lot of willingness.