Tyson Fury places the blame solely on Anthony Joshua for their fight collapse and explains why he refuses to point the finger at Eddie Hearn.
Tyson Fury believes only Anthony Joshua can be blamed for their fight falling through. The Mancunian says that promoter Eddie Hearn has no influence over the collapse as it’s the fighter’s decision to go through with fights.
The pair had been scheduled to face each other on December 3 at the Principality Stadium in a WBC title clash. However, communication dropped at the eleventh hour as the all-British showdown fell apart.
A lot of fingers were pointed after the resulting collapse. Fury’s lead negotiator, George Warren, blamed Hearn’s inadequate responses for stalling discussions but The Gypsy King affirms that the Matchroom Boxing chief had little influence over the deal falling apart.
“I’ve tried and tried to make this fight happen,” he told The MMA Hour. “It’s not down to me why this hasn’t happened. It’s down to the other idiot who doesn’t want to take a fight for whatever reason. You can take a horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink it. And that’s it, you couldn’t drag him into the ring to fight The Gypsy King.
“If he was going to do it, he would have done it for $30-40million in England in the biggest fight in British history. Wembley Stadium, Cardiff, we had it all. But no, no go area. Now they are looking to fight Dillian Whyte. I’m not sure what’s going on. Have you ever heard this phrase before? Anthony Joshua can go suck a d***.
You can’t blame the promoter; you can’t blame Frank Warren for a fight that doesn’t happen because of me. If I say to Frank Warren or Bob Arum, ‘right Bob, I want to fight Deontay Wilder’ guess what? He’s got to make that fight.
“He can’t say ‘oh no, I don’t want you to fight Wilder, I want you to fight someone else’. Because I’d say ‘no, I’m the one who’s boxing, make the fight.’ It’s literally not down to the promoter to make the fights. The fighter will tell his team the fight he wants to make.”
Fury now faces old foe Derek Chisora for a third time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend after beating him convincingly in 2011 and 2014. The fight has been met with a negative public reception given their previous results and the decision to charge £26.95 for the pay-per-view – a joint British record alongside Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch in August.