Boxing must learn from Fury v Joshua 'mess', Warren warns

Boxing must learn from ‘MESS’ that saw Tyson Fury’s blockbuster unification fight with Anthony Joshua in August shelved, Frank Warren warns… with Gypsy King’s promoter admitting ‘our side has been just as bad’ as Eddie Hearn in debacle

  • Tyson Fury was set to face Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August 
  • But the Gypsy King has been forced into a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder 
  • The collapse of the all-British showdown saw the blame game from each begin  
  • But Frank Warren insists his side are just as culpable as Eddie Hearn’s team 

Boxing has to learn the lessons from the ‘mess’ that saw Tyson Fury’s highly-anticipated showdown with Anthony Joshua put back, the former’s promoter Frank Warren has insisted.

The bout between the two British heavyweights was set to take place in Saudi Arabia on 14 August following months of negotiations between both parties.

However, a US judged then dropped a bombshell earlier this month, ruling that Fury would have to take on Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout, which is now set to take place on 24 July.

Boxing must learn the lessons from the Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua debacle, Frank Warren says


Fury (left) was set to face Joshua (right) in an all-British showdown in Saudi Arabia in August

The court decision has scuppered any chance of Fury and Joshua facing off just a few weeks later, with both sides now accusing the other of being at fault for the collapse of the fight.

But speaking to the BBC, Fury’s UK promoter Warren insists the blame should be shared and that negotiations should be conducted privately next time around, with ‘too many agendas and egos’ having surfaced on this occasion.

‘The whole process has been a mess,’ Warren said. ‘Let’s be honest, our side has been just as bad.

‘It’d have been better if everyone had kept quiet until it was all signed and over the line. Instead we got stuck in a cycle where their side said something and our side had to respond. Too many agendas and egos took over.

But a US judge then ruled Fury must face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout in July to scupper the showdown

‘Boxing needs to learn from this process. The situation is the situation, everyone is frustrated but we are bound by the arbitration ruling so Tyson has to fight Wilder, and be at his best, forget the BS, get the win and then knock out AJ in December.’

Warren’s tone appeared more repentant than when he gave his initial reaction to Eddie Hearn’s claims that the Gypsy King’s team had made ‘absolutely zero attempt’ to resurrect the mega bout.

Speaking to Seconds Out in midweek, Warren said: ‘At the start of the year, all parties involved in the fight – fighters, promoters, managers – signed a contract as to how the negotiations would take place.

‘In that agreement there was a clause that made it very clear there was an arbitration situation going on as far as Tyson is concerned – so everyone was aware of it and that we were awaiting the outcome of that.

‘There was another clause in there regarding confidentiality and that we would make announcements together, so that we would all be on the same page.

The blame game has since commenced, with Eddie Hearn claiming Fury’s side made no effort

‘Within a very short space of time, Eddie Hearn breached that agreement by making announcements – every week there was something, announcements about announcements, the fight is done and so forth. That was totally untrue.

‘The fight wasn’t done, it wasn’t signed and every time I did an interview I just said the truth, and all these announcements, that were being made on a regular basis by Hearn I don’t think helped and caused a lot of confusion.’

Warren added that the super-fight would have also encountered problems as a result of AJ’s WBO mandatory challenger, Oleksandr Usyk, whose team are now confident a deal can be finalised soon.

Joshua has been ordered to take on his Ukrainian challenger by the WBO, who has waited patiently since late last year for his shot at the champion. Warren claims that Usyk was preparing a legal challenge in the event that AJ – Fury went ahead.

Warren hit back earlier in the week, claiming WBO challenger Oleksandr Usyk would have sued

‘Usyk had written to the WBO, and subsequently all parties concerned, saying that they will be suing if the fight goes ahead,’ he added.

‘So even if we had won the arbitration we would still be sued by Usyk, there would have been an action and they would have been looking for injunctions to stop it.

‘So that wasn’t dealt with or brought to anybody’s attention. Pot, kettle and all that from Hearn.

‘One minute he is telling everybody I’m not involved at all in the negotiations – and now it is my fault.’

Tyson Fury’s father John also slammed his son’s team – including his US promoter Bob Arum – claiming he is ‘surrounded by 20,000 yes men’, and feared he may suffer a shock defeat by Wilder as a result.

Tyson Fury’s father John also slammed his son’s team – including his US promoter Bob Arum




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