Tyson Fury, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, has made some rather heavy demands from both he and his fighter Anthony Joshua, if they do indeed end up fighting at some point next year.
Oh, how the world of boxing needed a match-up like this in the heavyweight division!
After a period that saw most of the attention of the sporting world fixed on the lower weight-classes, 2018 could well see the focus moved right back up to the big boys as the former champion Tyson Fury edges towards his now seemingly inevitable comeback.
Anthony Joshua is, of course, now sitting on top of the world after knocking out Wladimir Klitschko but with the lineal-champ Fury now making his return, it could well set up a bout for the ages as both Brits attempt to establish themselves as the world’s number one.
Unfortunately, according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, the demands made by Tyson as far as the details of the fight are concerned could well be seen as something that may become a speedbump in negotiations, if Fury is content to hold his ground.
Speaking to The Mirror, Hearn outlined exactly what the former-champ was looking for:
“I’ve been talking to Fury — the only way he is going to get the Joshua fight is with us.
“So I’ve been talking to Fury about a plan to lead to the Joshua fight. But I said to him, ‘We can’t talk about the Joshua fight now, you can’t expect to have a conversation, you haven’t even boxed for two years. You might come back and stink the place out and have small value in the fight’.
“He came back and said to me: ‘I’ll make it really easy for you. Straight and simple. I’ll give you a deal you’ll accept right away. I want 60-40, all the champion’s benefits — I want to walk second, it’s my name on the poster, I get the choice of changing rooms’. I went back and was like ‘Ah, yeah’, and he said, ‘No, he’s only where he is because of me. Fury doesn’t want the AJ fight yet, he knows deep down he will get mauled by Anthony Joshua if they fight now.
“By the way, I rate Fury — he’s tough to beat, awkward, he’s not exciting but he’s a messer and he’s skilful. But you can’t compete, after coming back after that period, with AJ. I’ve said I’d give him a couple of fights and then the AJ fight, but he will probably sign with Frank Warren and it makes it unlikely, doesn’t it?”
With so much expectation for a fight of this magnitude, the stubbornness of the man who – in fairness to him – never lost his title, could well see this saga dragged out for far longer than we might have hoped.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena