Tyson Fury has branded Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte ‘cowards’ as decision time looms over a potential double step-aside deal which would allow him to fight Oleksandr Usyk next.
As things stand, the Gypsy King has been ordered to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Whyte next, while AJ has activated his contractual clause for a rematch with WBA, IBF and WBO champion Usyk.
Fury and Usyk want to meet in an undisputed fight for all four belts
However, there is interest from the Middle East in staging an undisputed title bout between Fury and Usyk next.
As such, negotiations are ongoing about a potential mega deal for that fight, while also paying both Joshua and Whyte to step aside and allow it to happen.
A report earlier this week claimed that Joshua was close to accepting the deal at his end, but he’s since hit back at this and branded it ‘bulls***’.
AJ said in a social media video: “You know what’s bad about all these interviews I see, I see certain interviews that quote what I said and I think to myself, ‘I ain’t done no interviews.’
“Where did this person get this information from?
“I’m hearing people saying, ‘AJ accepts £15m to step aside.’ I ain’t signed no contract. I ain’t seen no contract
“Stop listening to the bull**** until it comes from me.
“I’m the man in control of my own destiny. I’m the man that handles my business. I’m a smart individual and I make calculated decisions every step of the way.
“Don’t listen to the bull**** from other sources. If I tell you something then you know it’s real.”
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn stated that he is set to sit down with Joshua and his management team today (Tuesday) to go through their options and make a decision.
On Tuesday morning, Fury spoke out: “Another gym session done, Tuesday morning smashed.
“Tick, tick, effing, tick, tock – is the subject of today
“Is Dillian Whyte gonna fight me?
“Is Anthony Joshua gonna step aside?
“Let me know because I am sick of looking at these bums, sick of listening to their excuses.
“Tick, tick tock. The time has run out of the bottle.
“You’re all getting a good hiding, cowards.”