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Joshua IS ready to step-aside and allow Fury and Usyk to fight

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Joshua IS ready to step aside and allow Tyson Fury to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title if a deal is finalised by Friday night, as Eddie Hearn insists his fighter MUST be first in line to face the winner

  • Anthony Joshua is ready to step-aside and allow Fury to fight Usyk this year 
  • Joshua is said to have been offered a £20m deal to allow the unification fight 
  • The former champion will step-aside if a deal is finalised by tomorrow night 
  • Eddie Hearn says that Joshua must be guaranteed a shot at the winner 

Anthony Joshua remains ready to let Tyson Fury fight Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed world heavyweight championship if multi million pound contracts including his challenge to the winner can be finalised by tomorrow night.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Joshua will still consider the multiple deal despite Fury declaring that he has tired of the endless negotiations and will defend his WBC title against Dillian Whyte in a UK homecoming fight on March 26.

Fury accused Joshua and Hearn of being ‘the worst businessmen in the world’ for not concluding a step-aside deal worth up to £20million to AJ. Then he threatened to ‘obliterate that bum Whyte. ‘

Anthony Joshua remains ready to step-aside to allow Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk this year

Fury (R) and Usyk (L) hold all the heavyweight belts and want to unify the division 

Hearn responded by saying: ‘It seems Tyson now doesn’t want to fight Usyk next.

‘You never know what he wants from one day to the next but at the moment he is insisting on a warm up fight with his mandatory challenger Whyte which would delay everything.

‘AJ can’t wait around all year while Fury goes on to meet Usyk in late summer. He would need contracted cast-iron guarantees that he would get his chance of becoming the undisputed champion by December at the latest. ‘

The Gypsy King says he will take on Dillian Whyte next but a unification remains a possibility

AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, says that his fighter must be first in line for a shot at the winner

Hearn affirms that step- aside money totalling more than £20million between Joshua and Whyte ‘is on the table’ to free up Fury v Usyk for a mega fight in Saudi Arabia in May.

Unless the impasse is broken quickly the Fury v Whyte fight will go to purse bids in Mexico City at 6pm London time tomorrow and Joshua will proceed to his spring rematch with Usyk, who’s upset victory stripped him of his WBA, IBF and WBO titles in London before Christmas.

Hearn says: ‘We have lodged the fee and notice of our bid on Dillian’s behalf.

‘Frank Warren and Bob Arum may seek yet another extension in that bidding and we would agree if it looks as if we really can reach a deal in advance.’

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