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Anthony Joshua Agrees Fight Against Jermaine Franklin

Anthony Joshua agreed to fight Jermaine Franklin as ther former heavyweight champion set to back on the ring on 1 April.

Anthony Joshua being quiet after he tastes a back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, falling short in their August rematch having lost the titles to the undefeated Ukrainian in September 2021.

His return is now looming large with Franklin set to be his first test under new trainer Derrick James, according to the Mail.

Franklin came to London just last November to take on Dillian Whyte, giving the Brixton heavyweight a stern examination before falling to a majority decision defeat, with one ringside judge scoring the fight a draw.

Franklin has previously won all 21 of his professional fights, knocking out 14 of his opponents.

 

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He will take on a fighter desperate to get back to winning ways in Joshua, who has now lost three of his last five fights dating back to his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in the summer of 2019.

Recent losses have temporarily removed Joshua from the world title picture, with WBC champion Tyson Fury and IBF, WBO and WBA king Usyk set to meet in March or April to crown the heavyweight division’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is still confident of delivering huge fights in 2023 with a rematch with Whyte slated for the summer.

Tyson Fury Reveals Why Anthony Joshua Fight Will Never Happen

Tyson Fury Clash with Anthony Joshua is all what boxing lovers are looking up to be possible.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury admits his proposed fight with Anthony Joshua will never happen.

Fury and Joshua had been in extensive talks for a fight to be held on December 3, but negotiations broke down last month with Fury publicly declaring that Joshua had missed his deadline.

Fury said he remains undefeated, the Gypsy King is aiming for a unification bout against Oleksandr Usyk in early 2023.

Boxing fans were left disappointed after Britain’s two major heavyweights failed to reach

an agreement over a December fight, and Fury now feels that a future bout with Joshua is unlikely.

Asked if he will ever face Joshua, Fury told talkSPORT: ‘I don’t think so.

 

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Fury:

‘They are too hard to work with, too difficult and you can’t make someone do something they don’t want to do.

‘You can’t make a fight that somebody else doesn’t want.

‘No matter how much willing I am to make a fight, if the other participant doesn’t want to do it for whatever reason, they are not going to do it.

I don’t believe you could have dragged him there with a JCB.

‘It’s a lack of balls. If you are in charge and you’re assertive and you’re the man of your team, you tell the team to make the fight happen if you really want it.

If you don’t want it, you find a million excuses why.’

Fury will now fight Derek Chisora on December 3 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

‘Everything Is Clean And Fair’_Tyson Fury Extends Anthony Joshua Contract ‘Deadline’

Tyson Fury has mocked both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk but has also revealed that his ‘deadline’ for AJ to sign to fight him has been extended.

The Gypsy King had set Monday as a deadline for Joshua to sign to fight him on 3 December, despite all promoters involved saying that negotiations were progressing well but still ongoing.

With Monday coming and going it appeared that the fight was off, but now Fury has revealed that he was persuaded by Frank Warren to extend his self-imposed ‘deadline’ on discussions.

It now seems that Fury wants contracts signed by the end of Thursday, keeping hopes of the all-British bout alive, but whether that is now a head deadline or not is yet to be seen.

 

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Fury said:

‘Right, Anthony Joshua, where do we start? The deadline was Monday, Frank Warren convinced me to let it carry on for another couple of days.

‘Today is Thursday, and even though I knew you wouldn’t sign this contract I allowed Frank to continue doing meetings with your team, your broadcasters and all that.

‘Now we have BT, DAZN and ESPN all on the same page.

They are happy with everything, ready to rock n roll.

‘You guys asked for a lot of stuff. You wanted to be co-promoters when you’re a voluntary challenger. I said, give it to them.

‘You wanted full transparency, even though you’re not an equal shareholder in this party.

I said, give them full transparency, I’ve got nothing to hide, I’m not trying to rob anybody.

‘Everything is clean and fair. Now Joshua the ball is really in your court, son.

‘If you’re a man and you’ve got any sort of dignity and pride about you, you’ll get this contract signed today.

‘This is it. There is not more days, weeks, months.

You’ve had the contract for over two weeks and you still haven’t signed it.

‘Show the public that you’re really the big coward that I know that you are and don’t sign it.

I don’t care either way. It makes no difference to me at all. You’re a beaten man and I’m a world champion, I’m chucking you a massive bone.

‘But I know I can punch your face in so I’m willing to give you an opportunity.

‘There’s nothing more to do, everyone is happy, get your team onto mine, they’ll be available all day. Get this contract signed today, you big p***y.

‘Let the British fans have what they want. There’s no more running, you have to fight me, you cannot escape, the Fury is coming, b***h!’

This speech came after he mocked Joshua by responding to a report that WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Usyk would help AJ train for a fight with Fury after the Ukrainian beat the Brit twice.

‘Maybe you can lend him your nuts middleweight?!’ Fury tweeted. ‘@usykaa don’t be a 🐱 like your big pal!’

‘Idiot. Coward.’ Tyson Fury Slam Anthony Joshua And Call Off The Fight

Tyson Fury has call off his much-anticipated showdown with long-time heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua will not happen after the younger Brit missed Monday’s deadline to sign the fight contract.

Although all parties had appeared confident that terms would be agreed just a few weeks ago,

Fury felt talks were dragging and gave AJ a deadline of 5pm on Monday to put pen to paper otherwise he would walk away from negotiations.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had taken a dim view of Fury’s ultimatum – particularly given that they had a nine-day wait to receive the contract in the first place, partly owing to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Even the Gypsy King’s own promoter, Frank Warren, had played down his fighter’s comments and he met with Hearn on Monday, as well as broadcasters DAZN and BT Sport, to try and iron out a deal.

But Fury is adamant that the fight will not take place and is standing by his strict deadline,

calling out Joshua and claiming he will never give his compatriot another shot at the WBC heavyweight title again.

 

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Fury:

‘Well guys it’s official, D-Day has come and gone.’

‘It’s gone past 5pm on Monday, no contract has been signed. It’s officially over for Joshua.

He’s now out in the cold with the wolf pack. Forget about it.

‘Idiot. Coward. S**t house. Body Builder. Always knew it.

I always knew you didn’t have the minerals to fight the Gypsy King.

‘Regardless of what the f**k you say now, I don’t really care.

Good luck with your career and your life. End of. Peace out.’

Tyson Fury Reveals His Next Opponent To Fight If Anthony Joshua Failed To Meet Up Monday 5pm Deadline

Tyson Fury and Joshua fight appeared to be close to an agreement, but it now seems to be ebbing away as the Gypsy King has imposed a strict deadline on AJ.

Fury says that he will be fighting Manuel Charr next unless Anthony Joshua signs the contract to face him before 5pm on Monday.

Joshua wants the fight, but his team will not agree to signing a contract until they are happy with the details, which they are not at present.

Fury is insisting that the paperwork is completed by 5pm on Monday (26 September) or he will move on to a clash with 37-year-old

Manuel Charr, who has amassed a record of 37-4 , although his only victories since 2017 have been over Christopher Lovejoy and Nikola Milacic.

 

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The unbeaten heavyweight champion said in an Instagram video on Monday:

‘Today is D-Day, people! F***ing D-Day! You’re going to sign the contract you big p***y or are you not going to sign it?

‘When [Deontay] Wilder sent me the contract for Wilder I, I signed it within 24 hours because I wanted to smash his face in.

You’ve had the contract 10 days now b**ch, still ain’t signed it.

‘If it’s not done by 5 o’clock today, GK’s moving on.

He fancies himself as a bit of a J Hussy, but really he’s just a big bodybuilding p***y!’

Fury has also started hyping a fight between him and Charr, posting photos of the pair and confirming to the veteran heavyweight that he will be next if AJ runs out of time.

Fury wrote to Charr:

‘If he don’t sign today you are in big G and u can show them how a real man throws down!!’

Charr built up a record of 21-0 by mid-2012 and earned himself a shot at then WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, but was stopped by the Ukrainian in the fourth round.

He has since suffered defeats to Alexander Povetkin, Johann Duhaupas and Mairis Breidis

but is now on a five-fight win streak, although that is over six years and against uninspiring opposition.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn predicted that it would be Fury vs Charr on 3 December, guessing that it was the Gypsy King’s plan to make it very difficult for AJ to sign a contract so he could move on to Charr.

Hearn told IFL TV on Friday:

‘I think Tyson Fury is fighting Manuel Charr, in all honestly, the more I think about it.

We’ve all agreed to work hard on a contract. we got the contract last Saturday and it was all over the place.

Since then, we have had calls as recently as yesterday getting it in the right place.

‘I think they want us to run out of time. We are not just going to sign a contract that isn’t in the right format or isn’t in the best interest of Anthony Joshua.

The terms are agreed. But we have to go into the position where were are negotiating with broadcasters.

‘Honesty, hand on heart, I think what Fury will do is [say] “oh this taking too long”.

The fight is 3 December. The fight can sell itself in 24 hours.

We are under no time constraints. It has got to be right.’

Speaking on Sunday, Joshua did not confirm that he would, or even could, meet the deadline as he intends to sign the contract but it is with his legal team.

Joshua:

‘I’ve been signing contracts for years. It’s not in my hands, it’s with the legal team.’

‘That’s why you hire lawyers. If you know the history of boxing make sure you get the legal terms right, that’s why you get good management and good lawyers to make sure you get your business right.’

‘Of course I’m going to sign the contract, it’s just with some lawyers at the minute.’

Anthony Joshua Accepts Terms To Fight Tyson Fury In All-British Heavyweight

Anthony Joshua’s management team, 258MGT, have announced that they have “accepted all terms” to fight Tyson Fury, meaning after years of gesturing, the iconic British duo will finally fight.

258MGT added that they were now awaiting a response from Fury’s team, to which Frank WarrenFury’s promoter – replied: “Contract will be with you very soon.”

The fight is set to take place on December 3 with the Principality Stadium reportedly to host the event.

 

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A Joshua-Fury all-British super-fight has been mooted for years.

They were meant to fight in August 2021 in Saudi Arabia after the pair had agreed to a 50-50 purse, and then a re-match with a 60–40 split in favour of the winner.

However, after an arbitration judge ruled that Deontay Wilder was entitled to a third fight against Fury, their paths diverged.

Joshua was ordered to fight WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, a fight the Brit lost at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.

Fury fought and beat Wilder on October 9 in Las Vegas, and last fought in April of this year.

The 34-year-old knocked out Dillian Whyte in front of 96,000 fans at Wembley Stadium to retain his WBC heavyweight title, but he said afterwards that he was to retire from the sport – a stance that would soon soften.

Then after Joshua failed to regain his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts from Usyk last month, the chance of the fight looked remote.

But, after it emerged that a unification fight between Usyk would have to wait until 2023, Fury offered Joshua a 60-40 purse to fight in late 2022.

They offered two dates: November 26 at Wembley or December 3 at the Principality Stadium, with Joshua’s team reportedly agreeing to the latter.

Fury has a record of 33 fights, 32 wins and one draw while Joshua’s reads 27 fights, 24 wins and three losses.

Karim Benzema’s Boxer cousin Newfel Ouatah Takes Knee In Protest, but Gets Punched And Quits Fight Just Moments After First Bell

French heavyweight boxer Newfel Ouatah, who is a cousin of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, was at the centre of an extremely strange non-fight on Friday night in Canada.

The 36-year-old returned to the ring for the first time in 15 months, but did not throw a single punch and decided to quit as soon as the first bell rang.

Bizarrely, Ouatah took a knee and raised one fist in protest when the fight was supposed to begin.

His bemused opponent Simon Kean walked over to him regardless, ready to start the bout.

Kean even hit Ouatah with a punch while he was down on one knee and almost knocked him over.

Thankfully though, this shot was not a very hard one and did no serious damage.

 

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At this point the referee stepped in and got down to Ouatah’s level so he could communicate with him.

After establishing that the Frenchman would not be fighting, he waved the contest off and awarded Kean a first-round stoppage victory.

At the time, the reason behind Ouatah’s protest was unknown.

 

He has since taken to social media to explain that the reason was an insurance dispute.

Ouatah has claimed his local commission (Federation Francaise de Boxe) were refusing to cover any injuries or grave consequences he could have potentially suffered in the fight.

The local event promoters have disagreed with his version of events.

Ouatah had an 18-4 record going into the bout and is now 18-5.

He previously represented Algeria at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, but was beaten by Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Glazkov and did not medal.

His cousin Benzema is yet to comment on the situation.

“Anthony, Don’t Stop.” :Oleksandr Usyk Offers To Help Anthony Joshua Ahead Of A Potential Clash With Tyson Fury

Oleksandr Usyk may turn from foe to friend for Anthony Joshua, as he has offered his help ahead of a Tyson Fury clash.

Over the last year, Joshua and Usyk have battled it out in the ring over 24 rounds in two separate fights, with the Ukrainian coming out on top on both occasions.

Now, an opportunity has fallen in Joshua’s lap to get another shot at the heavyweight world title, as WBC champion Fury has called AJ out to fight.

Fury initially wanted an undisputed clash with Usyk, but the Ukrainian has said he does not want to fight again until next year, as he needs to recover from injuries and spend time with family.

 

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This has opened the door for a ‘Battle of Britain’ fight between Fury and Joshua and so far, negotiations seem to be progressing.

Joshua has recently accepted an offer of a 60/40 split from Fury and the only sticking points are around the date and the terms of a rematch clause.

After his second loss to Usyk, there were fans and pundits advising Joshua to retire,

but the Ukrainian believes the Brit has a lot more to offer and would even be willing to help him in the next stage of his boxing career.

 

“If he needs my help, I will go to his camp and help him,” Usyk told Sky Sports via Boxing Scene.

“He is not 40 years old, he is 33, so he should keep working.

“Anthony, don’t stop.

“I understand that he wanted to win against me, but Anthony can’t give up. He must go forward.”

"Let's Me Know If You Are Interested" Tyson Fury Challenges Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury has issued an invitation to Anthony Joshua via a video on social media.

The WBC heavyweight champion had put his belt on the table for a possible unification fight with Oleksandr Usyk, holder of the WBA, WBO and IBF titles, which he retained against Joshua.

The Ukrainian fighter’s decision not to step into the ring for the remainder of 2022 has prompted Fury to look for other opponents to put his belt on the line.

 

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Fury:

“I think you’ve all heard that I’m going to be fighting soon within the next few months.”

“I think that before I announce an opponent that I need to do this just in case.

Anthony Joshua, I know you’ve just lost a fight to Usyk and you’re bout-less at the moment,

and I’d like to give you an opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world and the lineal championship in the next few months.

“You’re coming off a 12-round fight, so you’re match fit, you’re ready. I’m giving you a few months’ notice.

“If you’re interested I’ll send you the date over and we can rumble.

A battle of Britain for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world.

“Let me know if you’re interested, if not I will select another opponent.”

Anthony Joshua Will NOT Retire As Eddie Hearn Targets December Return – Dillian Whyte Or Deontay Wilder Among Potential Target

Anthony Joshua will fight on despite his second consecutive loss to Oleksandr Usyk and could return to the ring at the end of 2022.

The Brit fought much better in therematchthan he did against Usyk last September in London,

but ultimately slumped to a split decision defeat against the WBA, IBF, and WBO champion on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia.

Ahead of the fight, former WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson had suggested Joshua could retire from the sport if he lost again.

But the 32-year-old and his promoter Eddie Hearn insisted after the fight there is no chance of that happening.

Usyk was too good for Joshua on the night

Joshua – who cut an emotional figure after the defeat to Usyk – is eyeing a comeback fight in December.

spoke to Eddie and asked him if it’s possible to get out in November because momentum is important in boxing.

 

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Eddie said December,” Joshua said.

“If it’s about who I fight, it’s come one, come all. Whoever wants it can get it, I don’t mind.”

Speaking to talkSPORT on Sunday morning, Hearn said there are plenty of great fights still to come for his man.

“People talked in the build-up about him retiring,” Hearn said.

“When you lose a split decision to the pound-for-pound number one, why would you contemplate retirement?

“It’s about passion. It’s about if you still want it. You could see how much he wanted it by his post-fight interview.”

Joshua was emotional after losing to Usyk again but will keep on fighting

Hearn then suggested former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and long-time rival Dillian Whyte as two likely opponents.

“I’d like to see him back out. Maybe even in late December,” Hearn added.

“There’s massive fights for him. Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder.

“There’s so many fights for him in the top [10]. There’s even some Brits for him that are coming through in a couple of fights as well.”

“We’ve just got to see what he wants to do. It’s going to be a tough, tough defeat to take but he’ll be back.”

In the immediate aftermath of Usyk vs Joshua 2, Wilder took to social media to claim Hearn and co. had already been in touch about a potential fight with AJ.

“They tried to lock me in for insurance because they knew he wasn’t going to Win.

This is strictly a business, Not a sport there’s a different,” Wilder tweeted.

Wilder and Joshua have been linked to a fight for years

It seems unlikely Joshua and Wilder will fight this year as the American is already booked to face Robert Helenius on Saturday, October 15, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City.

A rematch between AJ and Whyte could also be in play

However, a fight with Whyte could easily be made since they share the same promoter, are both coming off losses, and are not currently linked to any other opponents.