Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury off as Eddie Hearn points finger

Anthony Joshua tells Tyson Fury he will be ‘ready in December’ for title fight

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Eddie Hearn has declared the proposed Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua is officially off. In a statement released via Matchroom Sport, Hearn said that the Joshua camp had not heard back from Fury’s team since his latest social media video last week, where ‘Th Gypsy King’ demanded they sign the contact.

The prospect of the two British heavyweights going toe-to-toe on December 3 in Cardiff had begun to appear remote, with the two teams failing to reach an agreement after weeks of negotiations. The saga kicked off on September 5 when Fury, performing a u-turn after publicly insisting he was retired after his KO win over Dillian Whyte in April, called out his rival via Twitter.

Fury however seemed keen to get back in the ring against his British rival, and offered Joshua the chance to compete for his WBC heavyweight title this December which he accepted. This would only proved to be the beginning of the saga though, as the Gypsy King announced last the fight was off in an explosive video on social media, where he revealed AJ and his team had missed the contract deadline.

Soon after though, Fury was once again going back on his word as he took to social media once more to admit his promoter Frank Warren had convinced him to give his rival and his team longer to agree a deal on the fight. Now though Joshua’s promoter Hearn has accused Fury and his team of being the side halting proceedings and therefore called the hopes of the bout over.

Hearn told Matchroom: “People surely aren’t thick enough to [not] see that Tyson Fury has called two deadlines on this fight and the fight has passed in Tyson Fury’s deadlines. People talk about putting up barriers, we sent our final draft contract back to sign.

“They want to appoint their partner as an arbitrator, that sort of stuff doesn’t work. We get another one [deadline], Tyson Fury says, ‘We’re telling you now, the fight is off unless you sign [today].

“That deadline passed, I’ve not heard back from George Warren since. So as far as we’re concerned, the fight’s off. We’re happy to continue the discussions, we haven’t had any of those.”

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