Anthony Joshua is out. Mahmoud Charr in.
Those are the words from heavyweight president Tyson Fury, who announced on social media that Joshua has missed his contract deadline to fight him on December 3 and will not be his opponent. He will instead defend his belt against Charr, possibly in Cardiff, Wales.
We’ll see if this is the last word on the subject or there’s still hope for an all-British showdown.
Fury, obviously tired of waiting for the deal to be completed, said Joshua must sign the dotted line by 5pm on Monday UK time or else he will move on.
‼️ Tyson Fury has now announced that he will NOT fight Anthony Joshua next because AJ didn’t sign today…
– Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 26, 2022
The boxers’ fighters met on Monday to explain the surviving details, mainly how the bout will be televised and live. Fury and Joshua affiliated with competing broadcast companies.
However, no final agreement was made. And Fury continued his threat.
He said on a video: “Oh, guys, it’s official. D-Day has come and gone. It’s past 5 o’clock on Monday. No contracts have been signed. Joshua is officially over. Now he’s out in the cold, with a wolf cloak. Forget it. A dummy! Coward! Always know that you don’t have enough minerals to fight the ‘King of Gypsy.’ Good luck with your career and life. End of [story]. Go peacefully.”
Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) is expected to face Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title after the Ukrainian beat Joshua in consecutive bouts. However, Usyk says he won’t fight until next year and Fury doesn’t want to wait.
That’s why he turned to Joshua, who remains a compelling opponent despite his setbacks. The Fury-Joshua bout could be the biggest bout in boxing history from a business standpoint.
However, at the moment, the fight will have to wait, which is definitely disappointing for fans.
Charr? The 37-year-old German-Lebanese is a perennial contender with solid skill and decent build (6 foot-3½, about 245 pounds) but he’s not on the level of the top big boys.
He lost in his biggest matches, including a 4th round knockout to then-champion Vitali Klitschko in 2012. He also had losses to Alexander Povetkin, Johann Duhaupas and Mairis Briedis. He won three games after Briedis fell and then left the sport at least three and a half years in part because of advertising issues. He made it 2-0 in his comeback, Christopher Lovejoy Nikola Milacic saves.
Fury seemed happy to face Charr (33-4, 19 KOs).
He wrote on Instagram: “Want to fight a man who wants to fight & has fire & desire. Fight some of the best fighters and now step up again! Get in there, Charr. “