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Tony Bellew says Anthony Joshua is a bigger draw Tyson Fury, warns against accepting 60/40 offer

Tyson Fury with trainer SugarHill Steward and father John Fury

Tony Bellew insists Anthony Joshua is a bigger draw than Tyson Fury.

The retired former cruiserweight champion turned pundit also urged Joshua to avoid rushing in to any deal to face Fury in November.

Joshua 24-3 (22) is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss to WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) in Saudi Arabia last month.

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 32-0-1 (23) announced his retirement in April following his sixth-round knockout victory over mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte 28-3 (19).

But the self-style ‘Gypsy King’ has repeatedly flip-flopped on that declaration and his latest position is that he will indeed box again.

The 34-year-old was hoping to face Usyk later this year, but the 35-year-old Ukrainian southpaw recently announced he would be taking the rest of the year off to let some lingering injuries heal.

Now Fury says he has offered Joshua a 60/40 purse split to make the fight in November.

“I’m being bombarded with messages on how much am I going to pay AJ, and everyone’s saying 80/20, 70/30, 75/25,” Fury said. “The actual answer is I’ve offered him 60/40. 40% of this amazing fight because I want this fight to happen.

“He doesn’t have any excuses now not to take it. He can’t say I’ve lowballed him and offered him 20% or 30%. I’ve offered the people 40%. Take it or leave it. Let us know.”

But Bellew isn’t convinced Joshua should take the fight with such a short turnaround.

“AJ is the biggest draw. If you’re going to be reasonable and say 50/50, it’d be crazy not to take it,” Bellew said to talkSPORT. “But at 60/40, I would be hesitant. Because you bring an awful lot to the table, probably more than the champion himself.”

Bellew is firm in his belief that Joshua is a bigger draw than Fury.

“I don’t think. I know he is,” said Bellew. “Let’s just look at the pay-per-view sales and buys. Let’s look at the marketability that comes to the table when he’s involved.

“Why is AJ involved in every fight we want to see? Do you know why? Because he’s the most marketable and the biggest draw. That’s why we all want to see him.

“If AJ announced he’s fighting Wilder, do you think anyone cares about Fury-Usyk? If these two fight on the same night, who are you tuning in to watch? AJ-Wilder or Fury-Usyk?

“It’s great the way Fury has turned his life around, but you are not the draw that AJ is.

“[Joshua’s] just coming off a hard camp and a hard fight. Does he need it right now just because Tyson says so? Probably not. Can he afford not to take the opportunity? Probably not as well. I’m not so sure it does happen.”

Fury was expected to face Joshua last year before an independent arbitrator rule he was contractually obliged to face Deontay Wilder for a third time.