Tyson Fury, the current heavyweight champion, made the announcement on social media that Joshua would not be fighting him on December 3 because Joshua did not sign the contract by the deadline. Instead, he plans on defending his belt against Charr, perhaps in Cardiff.
Let’s see if this settles the issue once and for all or if we still have a chance for an all-British battle.
Fury, evidently frustrated by the delay, demanded that Joshua put pen to paper by 5 o’clock. U.K. time on Monday or he would move on.
On Monday, the boxers’ managers got together to finalize the finer points of the fight, most notably the broadcasting and streaming arrangements. Both Fury and Joshua are sponsored by rival television networks.
There was never a conclusive agreement reached. And Fury did what he said he would do.
He said on a video: “Well, guys, it’s official. D-Day has come and gone. It’s gone past 5 o’clock Monday. No contract has been signed. It’s officially over for Joshua. He is now out in the cold, with the wolfpack. Forget about it. Idiot! Coward! Always knew he didn’t have the minerals to fight ‘The Gypsy King.’ Good luck with your career and your life. End of [story]. Peace out.”
After Joshua’s two defeats at the hands of the Ukrainian, Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) was set to face Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight belt. Fury wanted to fight Usyk immediately, but Usyk said they wouldn’t fight until next year.
That’s why he went for Joshua, who despite his losses still represents a formidable foe. From a financial perspective, a bout between Fury and Joshua may be the most lucrative in British boxing history.
Although it’s unfortunate to the fans, it looks like that fight will have to wait as well.
Charr? The 37-year-old German of Lebanese descent has been in the game for a while and has good skills and respectable stature (6 feet 3 inches, somewhere about 245 pounds), but he isn’t as good as the best big men.
His biggest fights have ended in defeat, including a knockout loss against current champion Vitali Klitschko in 2012. His other defeats include those at the hands of Alexander Povetkin, Johann Duhaupas, and Mairis Briedis. After his loss to Briedis, he went on a three-fight winning streak before deciding to take a three-and-a-half year break from fighting. His first two fights back have resulted in knockout wins over Christopher Lovejoy and Nikola Milacic.
To take on Charr appears to excite Fury (33-4, 19 KOs).