The enigmatic Tyson Fury appears to have alighted upon a new opponent for his next fight. The WBC champion had been in talks with Ukrainian unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk but has returned to Anthony Joshua, this time claiming on social media that he had sent the former champion a contract to fight in September, after previous talks fizzled out.
Tyson Fury has once again offered Anthony Joshua a fight, and has now claimed he has sent the former world champion a contract for a Wembley event this autumn.
Fury has a longstanding habit of trailing a fight with Joshua but claim and counter-claim have seen the WBC champion fight Deontay Wilder three times, before a mandatory defence against Dillian Whyte and then an underwhelming third fight against Derek Chisora in December last year.
The Morecambe-based fighter was reportedly in talks with Oleksandr Usyk over a May fight to become undisputed at heavyweight, but negotiations collapsed despite the Ukrainian appearing to publicly accept most terms along the way.
The 34-year-old wrote: “A few days ago I sent a draft contract to Anthony Joshua for a fight in September at Wembley.
“It’s a fight everyone wants to see, including myself.
“Come on AJ let’s give the world what they want to see. This time I’m not going to make a million videos and keep putting pressure on. The ball is now on your side.”
Joshua lost twice to Usyk in back-to-back fights, and returned to winning ways at the start of April, against Jermaine Franklin.
Fury has fought 34 times, drawing one and winning 33; while Joshua has lost three times in 28 fights.