Tyson Fury insists Anthony Joshua fight is “not imminent” despite advanced talks

Tyson Fury doubts his fight with Anthony Joshua will take place soon.

The heavyweight world champions were due to clash this summer in a bid to crown a first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

An announcement was due shortly with a date of June 26 or July 3 pencilled in – but Fury has claimed he is “nowhere near” signing on the dotted line.

“Until I have a date, a fight and a hell of a lot of money in my pocket, there’s no fight,” he told iFL TV. “There are a lot of things that people don’t know that can scupper a fight

“Nothing’s actually on until you’re in the ring, we’re nowhere near that at the moment. Do I think the fight will eventually happen sooner or later? Yes, it has to happen. Do I think it’s imminent? No.”

Tyson Fury has cast doubt on a fight with Anthony Joshua

Fury also claimed he could face Deontay Wilder for a third time despite walking away from their trilogy fight last year.

Fury stopped Wilder last February to become world champion for a second time but the proposed rematch was scrapped due to the pandemic.

And Fury added: “Don’t write Deontay Wilder off out the equation, he could be fighting me next, who knows? I could have a trilogy with Wilder yet. There’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes and Wilder might be next, who knows?”

Fury’s comments contrast those from promoter Frank Warren who is confident an announcement is close.

“We’ve all agreed to announce any news simultaneously, so I can’t break a confidence I’ve agreed to,” he told talkSPORT.

“But what I can say is that everything is agreed, it’s an imminent announcement and we’ve got to work on a site, and that’s it.

“It’s absolutely moving in the right direction and everybody is on the same page.

“Nobody is more frustrated than the fighters and us, we’ve worked like you cannot believe to get this over the line.

“I think Tyson is a bit peed off about it because it’s dragging on and on and on.

“Hopefully everybody will be getting the good news soon, they’ll be happy and everyone can more onto the next stage of this, which is to get this site sorted out.

“We hope it doesn’t happen later, we’re working hard to get it done sooner rather than later.

“The contracts are agreed and they will be signed, 100 per cent, I’m confident of that.”

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