MDP Live - Anthony Joshua's evil ploy of demanding an additional £3.7m to step aside has been criticized as an attempt to thwart Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk's title unification duel. Promoter Frank Warren responded to the demand by calling Anthony Joshua deliberately to spoil the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk duel.
The final bid to throw the heavyweight belt unification bout into disarray comes just hours before Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte's domestic duel reaches an agreement over wages on Friday. Joshua was offered a £15m salary to forgo his rematch with undefeated Usyk. A fee that Warren's promoter says is not enough for the former heavyweight champion to unite.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, the head of Queensberry Promotions said: ''As far as Tyson is concerned, it continues. When Joshua asked for an additional $5 million he said, "Enough is enough, and that's it."
“He said, I'm not interested, he's too greedy, and that's enough. He's a champion – Tyson is not tied to Anthony Joshua. He and Usyk want to wear it, both want to wear it."
"But you have two people in the middle - one suing the WBC and the other asking for more money."
Promoter AJ Eddie Hearn claims the Saudi fight failed because the Gypsy King wanted a warm-up fight before the million-pound desert dust. Warren dismissed the idea, saying: "It's all irrelevant and I don't really care what Eddie Hearn has to say. Eddie Hearn says a lot and he is part of the problem why these things don't cross the line."
“A year ago when we were trying to put together a fight between Joshua and Tyson, every week he said, 'It's done, contracts are being issued,' despite the fact that we all signed an agreement not to make any statements until it was done. finished."
The long-awaited fellow Englishman Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte is scheduled to take place on April 23, with Cardiff's Principality Stadium being the most likely venue for the fight.
SunSport, however, understands other stadiums are also in the running to stage revenge matches. Meanwhile, Joshua's potentially do-or-die rematch with Usyk is expected to take place in May.