Nigerian-born world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua has accused his British rival, Tyson Fury of delaying their much-talked about unification title fight, megasportsarena.com reports.
With talks still lingering over the possibility of the long-awaited and highly-touted bout seeing the light of day, ‘AJ’ stressed that he is ready to get it on, but accused ‘The Gypsy King’ and his camp of stalling.
Joshua went on to declared in his latest verbal confrontation with Fury that he is “tired of waiting” and wants to see “less talk, more action,” as he waits for an agreement to be reached over the bout.
Fury has not fought since he beat Deontay Wilder in February 2020, while Joshua won his last bout against Kubrat Pulev at the end of last year, knocking out the Bulgarian in the ninth round to retain his world heavyweight titles.
Fury, who holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) title, has been training in Las Vegas alongside his trainer, Sugarhill Steward, while Joshua began his training camp in the UK last month, and will be guided by his usual trainer Rob McCracken.
However, the waiting game continues, with broadsides thrown from here and there, long after reports emerged that Fury and Joshua’s teams were reviewing contracts at the beginning of the month and appearing to edge closer towards a huge summer showdown in the Middle East.
In a recent video message on social media, Fury mocked Joshua and claimed that he will quit on his stool if the Nigerian-born London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist for Great Britain lasts more than three rounds, but ‘AJ’ insists it is all just talk-talk.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn was expected to make a formal announcement last week over the two heavyweights’ clash this summer, but nothing concrete has come forth, even as he boasted: “We’re all systems go, this fight is on, this fight is happening.”
Although recent reports indicated that the bout wil eventually take place in Saudi Arabia at the end of July or early August, ‘AJ’ admitted he is getting uneasy over the matter and took to social media to address Fury directly in an attempt to ensure that the fight goes ahead.
Joshua, who holds the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) belts, started his vitriolic by labeling Fury as ‘Spartan’ and added: “I’m tired. My fans are tired. Your fans are tired. We’re all tired of the talk. Less talk. More action!”