'They've signed NOTHING': John Fury blasts 'cowboys' making AJ deal

‘They’ve signed NOTHING in my eyes’: Tyson Fury’s father John blasts ‘cowboys’ in charge of Antony Joshua deal… insisting the historic Battle of Britain showdown is too big to be held amid the pandemic

  • Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have signed a deal for two historic showdowns 
  • However, both the date and the venue for the first fight has yet to be finalised 
  • John Fury is unconvinced by the deal and believes it won’t happen this year 
  • The WBC champion’s father insists Fury Jnr needs to fight twice in 2021  

The biggest fight in British boxing history isn’t as close as it seems, according to John Fury, who has questioned the deal signed by Anthony Joshua and his son Tyson.

Eddie Hearn confirmed to Sportsmail earlier this month that ‘all sides have put pen to paper’ on a bumper two-fight deal, ramping up anticipation of a heavyweight unification scrap this summer. 

However, no dates nor a venue have been decided – though Saudi Arabia is the favourite – and Fury Snr has voiced his doubts over the Battle of Britain taking place any time soon. 

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have signed a deal for two fights, looking to unify the division 

John Fury is unconvinced the fight will go ahead though, labelling the dealmakers ‘cowboys’

‘We need to get him (Tyson) out, whether these cowboys get the job sorted, which I don’t think they’re going to do,’ the WBC champion’s father told BT Sport. 

‘What have they signed? They’ve signed nothing in my eyes. They’ve got no date, no venue, no nothing. 

‘It’s all about someone coming forward and saying, “Right, I’ll pay for the fight, I’ll stage the fight.” Where are these people?

‘That’s the position it’s in and I don’t think they can get it together. It’s too big for what’s happening and the climate the world is in at the moment.

Eddie Hearn announced the two-fight deal earlier this month, but no venue has been found

The Battle of Britain clash should go down as a monumental moment in British boxing history 

‘I just don’t think the timing is right for a fight of that magnitude with the state of the world.’

Fury Snr’s words will be a major concern for boxing fans, who are already concerned they’ll be robbed of the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis and a clash for the ages.  

The deal announced this month was a step forward in Fury side-stepping a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder, who he humiliated with a dominant knock-out victory in February 2020. 

That was the last time Fury lumbered over the ropes, and Joshua has been in action more recently, outclassing Kubrat Pulev in December.  

The Gypsy King was last in action against Deontay Wilder last February, needing to fight soon

AJ dominated Kubrat Pulev more recently, but both will want to quickly get back in action 

‘Tyson needs to fight twice this year, with or without AJ,’ Fury Snr continued. 

‘Tyson is not bothered by any heavyweight on the planet – he’s passed being bothered by this man or that man.

‘It’s a business for Tyson and we need to move on, get a living properly, sharpen his tools and keep him sharp in case that big night comes knocking.

‘But I think they’re dragging their heels a bit because they don’t want it and I don’t blame them.’ 

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