Fury initially offered long-term rival Joshua the chance to finally settle their differences in a WBC heavyweight title clash as a lifeline for ‘AJ‘ after he lost to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time last month. The challenger quickly accepted the offer which saw Fury’s team draw up a contract and send it to Joshua with a 10-day deadline attached on social media by the ‘Gypsy King’.
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Monday’s deadline expired without Joshua having signed the deal, despite both fighter’s teams suggesting that good progress was being made on a deal being completed in due course. Fury confirmed the news during a video on Instagram, in which he said: “Well guys, it’s official. D-Day has come and gone, it’s gone past 5’o’clock Monday and no contract has been signed.
A final fan issued his support for Fury: “He cant wait forever, Joshua wants to get back to the top but stalled on signing. Fury has it all to lose whereas Joshua has nothing to lose. I’m disappointed but I personally blame AJ. Team Fury.” Fury’s promoter Frank Warren revealed that talks were ongoing but the ‘Gypsy King’ has become ‘frustrated’ with the delay.