5th September, 2022
Tyson Fury has publicly called for a fight with Anthony Joshua and offered the former champion the chance to box this year.
Talks had begun to match Fury, the WBC titlist, with Oleksandr Usyk, the Ukrainian who beat Joshua last month to defend the unified WBO, WBA and IBF belts, in an undisputed heavyweight championship fight.
But it has emerged that Usyk will not be able to box again this year. It leaves Fury looking for an opponent. He wants that to be Anthony Joshua next.
In a public address to Anthony Joshua on Monday, Fury said: “I think you’ve all heard that I’m going to be fighting soon within the next few months.
“I think that before I announce an opponent that I need to do this just in case.
“Anthony Joshua, I know you’ve just lost a fight to Usyk and you’re bout-less at the moment, and I’d like to give you an opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world and the lineal championship in the next few months.
“You’re coming off a 12-round fight, so you’re match fit, you’re ready. I’m giving you a few months’ notice.
“If you’re interested I’ll send you the date over and we can rumble. A battle of Britain for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world.
“Let me know if you’re interested, if not I will select another opponent.”
Watch the call-out video from Fury to AJ below: