Tyson Fury said he’ll fight Anthony Joshua THIS WEEKEND in a bare knuckle boxing match after the pair traded verbal barbs on social media.
Joshua and Fury seemed certain to fight on August 14 in Saudi Arabia for the undisputed heavyweight world crown, but those plans were dashed by Deontay Wilder.
The American won his legal battle to have a third fight with Fury after their fights in 2018 and then 2020, meaning the ‘Gypsy King’ is legally obliged to face Wilder before September 15.
If Fury has to face former WBC heavyweight champ Wilder again, it leaves Joshua with a gaping hole in his fight calendar and it could open the door for Oleksandr Usyk to get his shot as the WBO mandatory.
Joshua’s frustration was clear for all to see on Wednesday night as he took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
“Tyson Fury the world now sees you for the fraud you are,” he wrote. “You’ve let boxing down!
“You lied to the fans and led them on. Used my name for clout not a fight.
“Bring me any championship fighter who can handle their business correctly.”
However, ‘The Gypsy King’ instantly fired back and made his intentions abundantly clear and insisted he could fight this weekend.
He wrote: “Anthony Joshua your [sic] more full of s*** than Eddie, spouting absolute s****!
“Your full team knew there was an arbitration going on, it was out of my hands!
“But I tell you what if I’m a fraud let’s fight this weekend bare knuckles till 1 man quits?
“Let’s put up 20 mill each!!!”
It was then Joshua’s turn to respond, calling Fury a ‘waste man’ and vowed to slap his bald head.
He wrote: “If there was an arbitration going on, why announce to the world we are fighting! The fight was signed! UNDISPUTED.
“Bare knuckle? You’re a good kid, don’t play with me Luke! I’ll slap your bald head & you’ll do nothing! Waste man.”
Fury clapped back once again on Twitter, insisting he would deal with Deontay Wilder again before dishing out some hurt to his British rival.
He wrote: “Not going in to the details on line!
“you’ll slap me about will you dosser please come and try Bum, I’m waiting… Femi AKA Bottlejob! 24/7 365.
“Ready. I’ll smoke wilder first then you will get yours as well.