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‘You’ve let boxing down’ – Joshua slams Fury

Anthony Joshua has labeled Tyson Fury “a fraud” in a furious social media exchange after the news that their heavyweight showdown might be off.

The British heavyweight duo seemed set for a highly-anticipated meeting in August, but an arbitration hearing ruled Fury must first face American Deontay Wilder, whom he beat last year to claim the WBC title.

“You’ve let boxing down. You lied to the fans and led them on. Used my name for clout not a fight,” tweeted Joshua.

In response, Fury challenged Joshua to a bare-knuckle fight.

The teams behind both big men have engaged in lengthy negotiations to get what has been billed as one of the biggest fights in heavyweight boxing for decades over the line.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn was adamant their fight was agreed – and on Sunday, Fury told his Instagram followers he too has signed off on a 14 August bout in Saudi Arabia.

Just 24 hours later, Wilder’s team – who had always said he had a contract in place for a third Fury fight – found out their arbitration hearing was successful.

Fury, 32, won the WBC world heavyweight title from Wilder in a rematch in February 2020 after an initial draw.

On Tuesday, Fury claimed that the American, 35, has requested $20m to step aside and allow the Joshua bout to go ahead.

Hearn has since stated the situation is now out of his control and has set Fury’s team a deadline of the end of the week to resolve their situation with Wilder.

“If there was an arbitration going on, why announce to the world we are fighting! The fight was signed,” Joshua tweeted in a message to Fury.

He also turned down Fury’s offer of a “fight this weekend bare knuckles till 1 man quits” for £20m each.

“I’ll slap your bald head and you’ll do nothing,” tweeted Joshua, 31.

Fury then called Joshua a “bottlejob” and claimed: “I’ll smoke wilder first then you will get yours aswell (sic).”

Meanwhile, Joshua may fight Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, who is mandatory challenger for the WBO title.

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