On Tuesday, Joshua’s management confirmed they will accept Fury’s 60/40 purse split offer to set up a clash with the Gypsy King for the WBC world heavyweight title on December 3. The bout will be contested at the Principality Stadium in Wales.
If their teams agree the deal, the highly-anticipated clash between Joshua and Fury could end up being worth over £70 million. It would likely be the biggest bout in British boxing history.
According to multiple sources close to the Gypsy King, Fury is looking to end the debate regarding the two rivals by defeating Joshua via knockout as quickly as possible.
“Tyson wants to leave win and win in style,” a source close to the Gypsy King told The Sun. “He wants to leave no one in doubt who is the better fighter. He wants an early KO to put the whole debate about who is the better fighter to bed once and for all.”
The source added: “Tyson isn’t nervous. Why would he be? He knows he has all the tools to dismantle Joshua and he plans to demonstrate that.”
Fury is looking to establish himself at the top of the heavyweight division after he announced his retirement after defeating Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April.
Just a few days ago, Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum suggested Joshua faces a ‘massacre’ if he sets foot in the ring with his rival. In comments made before the fight was announced, Arum said: “I don’t think it’s gonna happen.
“While Fury would want it to happen, I put myself in the shoes of Eddie Hearn and Joshua. After losing twice to Oleksandr Usyk, you want to get him back in with two fights that restore his confidence.
“If he goes back in the ring now with Fury, it’s gonna be a massacre.”
Usyk defeated Joshua at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia, with the Ukrainian retaining his WBA (Super), WBO, IBO and IBF world titles in front of 30,000 fans. He also took home the Ring Magazine title after it was vacated by Fury following his sudden ‘retirement’.
In a clash billed as the Rage on the Red Sea, Joshua showed aggressiveness but could not match the strategic wiliness of Usyk, who is unbeaten in his 20 professional contests. Two judges scored the fight 115-113 and 116-112 to Usyk, while the third gave it to Joshua 115-113.
It means Joshua has lost successive bouts, and Fury targeted an undisputed clash with Usyk only for the Ukrainian to rule himself out of action until 2023. As a result, Fury turned to Joshua to finally settle their rivalry.