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Tyson Fury offers $20 million for bare-knuckle fight with Anthony Joshua this weekend

Tyson Fury Anthony Joshua

You don’t often see this side of ‘AJ’.

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have engaged in a furious back-and-forth on social media after a court of arbitration got in the way of their planned unification clash in August.

The wait for Fury vs. Joshua looks set to continue after it was ruled that ‘The Gypsy King’ owes a trilogy fight to rival Deontay Wilder and it has to take place before September 15, putting the kibosh on an all-but-confirmed bout against ‘AJ’ in August.

Fury mocked Wilder for demanding $20 million to step aside for the all-British heavyweight showdown but admitted that the rubber match is the route he will most likely have to take.

The development has sparked an unfamiliar heated response from Joshua, who took to Twitter with the below message for Fury.

Fury shot back immediately and claimed that Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, were fully aware that arbitration was taking place with Wilder’s camp.

‘The Gypsy King’ then offered to fight Joshua this weekend in a winner-takes-all, bare-knuckle fight which would see both heavyweights put $20 million on the line.

Tyson Fury responds to Anthony Joshua

Not to be bested by Fury, Joshua criticised his unbeaten rival for announcing that their fight was official when there was a chance that Wilder’s demands would get in the way.

Fury, however, refused to divulge the details of his arbitration issues and announced plans to beat Wilder again before finalising what will likely be the biggest fight in British boxing history.

Joshua wasn’t done yet though and tweeted footage of Fury’s ringside reaction to the post-fight scuffle following Billy Joe Saunders’ recent defeat to Canelo Alvarez.

While Fury vs. Wilder III looks set to scupper plans for the Joshua fight, it’s been suggested that ‘AJ’ will share the ring next with fellow London 2012 gold medallist Oleksandr Usyk.

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