Eddie Hearn has all but confirmed that a potential showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua on December 3 is no longer a realistic possibility.
The heavyweight rivals had recently been engaged in another verbal back and forth whilst Hearn and representatives from Queensberry, Fury’s promoter, tried to negotiate a deal.
Fury took to social media several weeks ago to offer Joshua the chance to become a heavyweight champion for a third time following his second loss to Oleksandr Usyk in August.
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AJ accepted the terms, but other factors between the camps had not been agreed despite contracts repeatedly being swapped by both parties. Hearn, Joshua's promoter, now insists the fight is off.
“As far as we’re concerned, the fight’s off,” said Hearn when speaking to Matchroom.
“We’re happy to continue the discussions.
“In our minds, he’s not fighting Anthony Joshua. Don’t blame Anthony Joshua for Tyson Fury pulling the plug on this fight twice. It’s still open for discussion but were not going to play a game.”