Promoter Eddie Hearn claims Fury’s silence has ended negotiations for the ‘Battle of Britain’ clash
Fury and Joshua had appeared set for a December 3 showdown. © Julian Finney / Getty Images
Plans for Tyson Fury to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua this year have been shelved, according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
Fury said he was coming out of a purported retirement for the second time this year after Joshua lost to WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Aleksandr Usyk in August.
The Ukrainian relieved Joshua of the titles in London in September last year, and then beat him in a rematch in Saudi Arabia this summer.
With Usyk ruling himself out of an immediate fight against Fury which would crown the four-belt era’s first-ever undisputed heavyweight champion due to a wish to spend time with his family, the ‘Gypsy King’ turned his focus towards Joshua.