Anthony Joshua has been warned he must sign the contract to fight Tyson Fury by the end of next week or the Battle of Britain bout is off.
The two-time WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion, 32, suffered the third defeat of his professional career last month when Ukrainian warrior Oleksandr Usyk once again claimed a points victory. After failing to claim back the belts he lost in September 2021, Joshua was handed a heavyweight lifeline from Fury, who has offered him a shot at the WBC crown.
The two parties have agreed a December 3rd showdown at Cardiff's Principality Stadium but Fury's camp is still awaiting Joshua's sign-off.
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"We need to be getting contracts signed next week," George Warren, son of Tyson Fury's boxing promoter Frank, told The Sun. "I don’t think that’s difficult. If everyone wants to make it, it can be done and I believe the other side wants to make it.
"My dad Frank and Eddie Hearn have gone on record to say 90-95 per cent of it’s been agreed. There are parts of contracts need to be refined and negotiated — tickets and hotel rooms — the biggest thing is the broadcast but it should not slow down the contract."
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Having not entered the ring since his eighth-round knockout against Dillian Whyte in April, Fury was eager to secure a November 12 showdown at Manchester United's Old Trafford but the date was deemed too soon by Joshua's camp following his gruelling 12-round defeat to Usyk.
The contract, split at 60/40 in Fury's favour, offered a rematch clause with an even fight purse should Joshua inflict the Gypsy King's first-ever loss.
Joshua instead request a December 17 date in Cardiff, the day before the World Cup final, but that was beaten away by Fury's side, who instead proposed a November 26 showdown at Wembley or December 3rd in Cardiff.
The Gyspy King wants to undertake the bout as soon as possible as they are already eyeing a March unification clash with Usyk in Saudi Arabia.
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