Tyson Fury must fight this summer “with or without Anthony Joshua” his Father John Fury has insisted and warned that “nothing has changed” in talks to finalise the dream undisputed fight.
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are still in tight negotiations which have gripped the boxing world, to secure a mega-fight that would crown an undisputed ruler of the division.
According to Sky Sports, a venue and date are the key issues that need resolving – Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is in talks with sites in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore, China, America, Dubai and Britain for a fight this summer, but Fury’s father has now delivered a stern warning.
“We will fight anyway, with or without AJ,” John Fury told Sky Sports. “We have made this quite clear.
“I hope [Hearn] can make it. He’s trying, doing the best he can.
“You wouldn’t expect [Fury’s promoters] Bob Arum to run all over the world aged 90, Frank Warren is 70. Eddie is just a young man! He does a great job, I like his interviews, he’s a good character, his dad can be proud of him.
“I hope he hasn’t shot himself in the foot by letting the cat out of the bag too early. I feel that’s what he did because he wanted to be the one to announce it.”
Fury had previously set deadlines for last weekend and for Tuesday, telling Behind The Gloves that “I’ll move on” unless a deal is finalised.
John Fury said: “As of 9pm [on Tuesday], nothing has changed. I know they are working their backsides off to get this over the line.
“But it’s proving to be a difficult one for Eddie Hearn. He’s gone to all four corners of the world trying to sell this fight.
“Nobody wants to invest because it’s the wrong timing for their business. They want to make money out of it, but the timing won’t allow them to make money out of it.
“But the world wants it.
“They have been in a rush with it. When you rush a cake, it doesn’t taste right.
“This fight could be made a lot easier, a lot simpler, in the coming months when people get back to easier ways, to normality.
“At this moment in time, nothing has changed. There are rumours, lots of rumours, but nothing set in stone as of 9pm [Tuesday night].
“I told him ‘sit tight’. If they make it, good. If they don’t…
“The clock ran out last Saturday. If we didn’t want this fight we wouldn’t still be negotiating. We want this fight. We will give it every opportunity to put this fight on in June or July.
“We are sitting tight, awaiting a contract, venue, date. We will sign. We are ready to go.
“We don’t need a long training camp, we can go in the next five weeks.”
John Fury insisted his undefeated son does not have a preference in terms of the location.
“Tyson will fight anywhere, with AJ or anyone,” he said. “Wherever they make this fight happen, Tyson will be happy to oblige them. It’s not a problem.
“Ideally I’d like it [in the UK] but I don’t think that will happen.”