Anthony Joshua has labelled Tyson Fury a “fraud” with their undisputed championship battle on the verge of collapse after he was granted a 48-hour deadline before being ordered to meet Oleksandr Usyk.
The governing body’s decision on Wednesday evening is another setback for Joshua and Fury’s scheduled undisputed heavyweight championship boxing match on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
A court ruled on Monday that WBC champion Fury would battle Deontay Wilder again by September 15, suggesting IBF, WBA, and WBO champion Joshua could instead face Usyk next.
“The universe now knows you for the liar you are,” Joshua said in Fury on social media.
“You’ve let boxing down!” You lied to the fans and misled them. I used my name for clout, not a war.
“Bring me some championship fighter who can do their business properly.”
“You are more full of [rubbish] than [promoter Eddie Hearn,” Fury responded. Your whole squad was aware that there was an appeal proceeding; it was out of my control! If I’m a liar, let’s clash bare knuckles this weekend before one of us gives up.”
“If there was an arbitration going on, why declare to the world that we are war!” Joshua retorted. The war was marked!
“I’ll smack your bald head and you’ll do nothing!”
Fury named Joshua a “bottle work,” then said, “I’ll smoke Wilder first, then you’ll get yours as well.”
Joshua is scheduled to face Usyk.
Usyk was dubbed “Joshua’s Plan B” by promoter Eddie Hearn because he is the WBO mandatory challenger – the battle is now only two days away from being requested.
Because of the size of the proposed undisputed championship battle, the WBO initially decided to waive Usyk’s claim to a crack at the belt.
“The WBO is overjoyed that their mandatory competitor will be fighting their heavyweight champion,” Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports.
“What else do they want?” We are awaiting their acceptance message!”
“I think boxing fans will love Joshua vs Usyk in the immediate future,” said WBO president Paco Valcarcel on Tuesday night.
According to Krassyuk, Joshua vs. Usyk will take place in August at “most definitely a large open-air location in the UK.”
Usyk had previously agreed to battle Joe Joyce for the WBO interim championship while awaiting the result of Joshua vs Fury.
“Usyk said he was crossing the English Channel by the time I got his message and asked which turn he could take,” Krassyuk joked.
“He was overjoyed to learn the news.”
Krassyuk previously said in response to the court’s decision to allow Fury to face Wilder, “There is no other fair explanation for AJ now.” If he’s not avoiding Usyk, it’s time to face the inevitable!
“We are all in a position to make the war happen as quickly as possible.”
Joshua sheds his silence.
Joshua joked on social media shortly after the WBO sent him a 48-hour deadline, “I’m thinking of launching a Go Fund Me page to collect funds for Wilder’s move aside payout – £20m.”
“Now I can smoke the obese guy from Manchester with the skinny legs.”
“These heavyweights require a podcast or whatever because they speak more than they war.”
Fury previously said regarding Wilder, “What a joke the Bronze Bomber has been.”
“I asked for $20 million to pass over, joker.
“It seems like I’ll have to [fight him] again.”
But Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, retorted, “No. Wilder refused, stating that he was uninterested in setting aside capital. You’re working with a whole different form of [mentality] over here. He wants the blood, not the currency.
“‘Retribution is upon us.'”
Fury mocked Wilder’s “excuses” after their last match: “Costume was too thick, Fury’s gloves were primed, I had poor legs, my water was spiked, Fury’s gloves had no padding, had bicep surgery, disloyal teacher, problems in camp, I fractured my jaw, fight ended too early, Andre Dirrell’s fault.”
Can Joshua vs. Fury be saved?
Eddie Hearn, the promoter, considered postponing the undisputed title fight until December to enable Fury to face Wilder and Joshua to face Usyk first.
When asked about the August 14 date in Saudi Arabia for Joshua vs. Fury, Hearn said, “Am I hopeful? I don’t remember.
“We were advised that arbitration will not be a challenge, but clearly it is.
“We have to think on our feet. We must take appropriate action. We’re really hoping for the war to go on, so it’s out of our control.
“If [Fury’s] hands are bound, [Joshua] would have to search elsewhere.”