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Tyson Fury offers Anthony Joshua 60-40 purse split, Eddie Hearn remains dubious

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Photo credit: The Mirror

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 32-0-1 (23) says he has offered former unified champion Anthony Joshua 24-3 (22) a big incentive to fight him.

“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,” said Fury. “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.”

Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren says an offer had been put to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing for the fight.

“We’re sending a written offer across today to them,” Warren said to talkSPORT. “My son George spoke with Eddie Hearn yesterday. It’s us who have made the approach to give AJ a great opportunity to get himself back into the top level against the world champion Tyson.

“He’s willing to make that voluntary defence, so we’ll send the offer across today and then they’ll have to look at it and decide whether they wanna grab this with both hands.

“Tyson is being extremely fair and if and when these come out, if they wanna publicise them, you’ll all be shocked. For [Joshua] to get himself back into a position either mandatory or to challenge for a world title is gonna take him a lot of time, so he should grab this with both hands in my opinion.

“But to [Joshua’s] credit, he has come out saying that he’s up for it. I’m not badmouthing them or the other side, all we’re interested in doing is making this fight.”

But Hearn is still not sure Team Fury are serious about the bout.

“Fury’s outstanding at getting the public to believe absolute nonsense,” Hearn said to talkSPORT. “It worries me actually what people do believe, if you look at the timeline over the last two or three weeks, it’s unbelievably bizarre. Personally, I don’t believe Fury is serious about this, but if he is, which I said to the Warrens last night, 100% we will sit down and make the fight.

“I would love to get really excited about this, because it’s the fight that I get stopped in the street for more than any fight that could be made and it’s a fight that AJ has wanted for a long time.

“Don’t forget, we signed for this fight last year before the arbitration forced the Deontay Wilder fight for Tyson Fury. The message is quite clear from AJ, we don’t want to get involved in a backwards and forwards, we want the fight, it’s the fight he’s wanted for a long time.

“We had plans after the Usyk defeat to come back in December and then go again in March, get active and get the rhythm going again and then try and fight for the world heavyweight title. But, I know having spoken to AJ, if that fight is there and they’re serious, which I have my doubts about, but for the good of trying to make it happen let’s believe Tyson Fury. I said to George Warren from Queensberry last night, get the details and the offer over to us and I’ll take it to AJ, he’s ready to go.

“We didn’t expect this opportunity, but it’s a great opportunity to fight for the world title in the biggest fight in boxing and we will definitely look at it.”