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21st Jul 2022

Tyson Fury insists he will ‘sign a contract today’ to fight Anthony Joshua if one condition is met

Charlie Herbert

Tyson Fury delivers one condition for Joshua fight

Fury has seemed more open to the possibility of a return to boxing in recent months

Tyson Fury has said he will “sign a contract today” for a super fight with Anthony Joshua if his one demand for the bout is met.

Fury announced his retirement from the sport after his win against Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium, saying that he wants to spend more time with family, but even he is now admitting that he could be tempted out of retirement.

And he surely wouldn’t be able to resist the lure of featuring in the biggest fight in British history, and one of the biggest in the history of boxing.

The Gypsy King and AJ had of course agreed terms for a fight last summer before the deal dramatically fell through when a court arbitration ruled that Fury had to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.

Recently, Fury has been more open to the possibility of a fight with Joshua, and the undefeated WBC champion has now again insisted he would agree to a fight with Joshua – but only if the fight is shown on free-to-air television and tickets are given away for free.

In a video posted on his Instagram on Wednesday, Fury delivered the simple ultimatum to Joshua’s camp.

“Right, this is a reconfirmation about what I’ve said about fighting Anthony Joshua for f**k all in England,” he said.

“That’s how the fight happens I’ll sign the contract today. The fight’s got to be for free. Free to air television, I want all tickets to go for free.

“No money is to be made out of this British, historic fight if it happens. There’s the terms, I’m in the driving seat, take it or effing leave it.

“The ball is in your court guys, take it or leave it. Either way I don’t give a damn. There’s the offer, peace out.”

Fury has previously claimed though that the people who want the fight to happen “better have a big cheque book.

Speaking to the Unibet Lowdown in June, he said: “To bring the big GK out of retirement for active battle duty, to redeem this country yet again, it’s gonna cost.

“I am a prize fighter and I do fight for prizes, but it’s gonna cost if you want me to do a mission on this guy, this middleweight, I’ll show you what a real heavyweight does to them.

There have already been reports this year that Fury could be tempted out of retirement for a fight with AJ on the eve of the World Cup final in Qatar.

At this point in time, Joshua has other things on his mind though. The Brit is currently preparing for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, having been beaten by the Ukrainian in London last September.

The rematch will take place on August 20 at the 40,000-seater Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia.

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