Frank Warren labels Anthony Joshua’s contract demands to face Tyson Fury as ‘nonsense’

Frank Warren labels Anthony Joshua’s contract demands to face Tyson Fury “POINTLESS” and claims that someone in his camp “wants to block this fight” as he admits that the Gypsy King is “very frustrated” by the delay in announce the confrontation.

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Tyson Fury has given promoter Frank Warren permission to continue to push Anthony Joshua to confirm his successful world heavyweight title fight.

The Gypsy King has set Joshua a series of deadlines to sign on the dotted line to meet him under the roof of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on December 3, and on Thursday called off the fight for the second time in a week.

“Tyson has been very frustrated by Joshua’s delays,” says Warren. “But he authorized us to keep talking because he knows that unless this big domestic fight doesn’t happen now, it may never happen.

Frank Warren has criticized Anthony Joshua's camp for including 'senseless' alterations to his contract to face Tyson Fury

Frank Warren has criticized Anthony Joshua’s camp for including ‘senseless’ alterations to his contract to face Tyson Fury

Fury has continually set deadlines for Joshua to return his contract.

Fury has continually set deadlines for Joshua to return his contract.

Joshua is coming off two losses, but has agreed to face Fury on December 3, although his team is taking its time to close a deal.

Joshua is coming off two losses, but has agreed to face Fury on December 3, although his team is taking its time to close a deal.

Fury has continually set deadlines for Joshua to return his contract, and called off their fight for the second time in a week on Thursday after growing fed up with the delays.

It took almost two weeks for Joshua and his team, including his promoter Eddie Hearn, to respond to our contract, which guarantees him 40 percent of the profit, which is more generous than what Tyson is obligated to offer as WBC champion.

‘They eventually came back with alterations that mostly made no sense. But we immediately made adjustments and again we are waiting for a response.

“We hope we are wrong to suspect that someone on his side wants to block this fight and does not want Joshua to risk a fourth loss in five fights, which could be detrimental at this stage in his career.”

Hearn has complained that Fury puts alternative opponents on hold, notably Mahmoud Charr, the former WBA German-Lebanese champion, but Warren says: “We have to have a fallback position in case Joshua pulls out.” Tyson will pack Cardiff whoever he fights. And on December 3 he gives him time to prepare to fight Olexsandr Usyk for the undisputed world title early next year.

“For clarity, we are in negotiations for that massive fight and there is no doubt that it will happen.”

Warren criticized Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, for the time it took to return the contract.

Warren criticized Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, for the time it took to return the contract.

Eddie Hearn fired back at Fury for setting a contract deadline for the proposed fight

Eddie Hearn fired back at Fury for setting a contract deadline for the proposed fight

Warren (left) criticized Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn (right), for the time it took to return the contract.

Joshua may find himself without an alternate path down if his Fury fight collapses.

Joshua may find himself without an alternate path down if his Fury fight collapses.

Joshua may find himself without an alternate path down if his Fury fight collapses.

‘There is no reason why Joshua shouldn’t settle. TV rights were said to be the hurdle, but the fact is BT Sports, DAZN and ESPN in the US are all on board with pay-per-view co-streaming.’

Fury says, “They keep complaining about a lack of transparency, but we’ve offered them co-promotion and participation in every part of the deal. What could be more transparent than that?

Warren insists: ‘We want the fight. They say they want the fight, but it’s time to show it.’ And he adds: “I’m still confident we can get Joshua over the line, but this is a big event that will take time to promote.”

The dilemma for Joshua is that if he resists Fury, there is no other fight of comparable magnitude or money that he can turn to. Usyk, for his part, has played down speculation of a third fight with AJ, whom he has defeated twice in a row to claim and then defend the WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring belts.

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