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Fury tells Joshua to sign title fight contract by Monday

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Tyson Fury has set a Monday deadline for Anthony Joshua to sign for their highly anticipated All-British bout or forget about facing him for the world heavyweight title.

There have been lengthy negotiations between the two camps of World Boxing Council champion Fury and Joshua, the former holder of other major heavyweight titles.

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Just last week, a deal based on a 60-40 split in favor of Fury was reportedly accepted by Joshua’s management.

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Veteran promoter Frank Warren said the contract was sent to Joshua’s camp.

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Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, added that there are still minor issues to be resolved ahead of the fight, which is expected to take place before the end of this year.

Fury, however, is now convinced that Joshua is trying to back off, prompting a scathing social media post on Friday about his rival.

He remained extremely critical, though more restrained, when he spoke of Joshua on Saturday.

“About three weeks ago I was optimistic, but signing a contract shouldn’t take that long,” Fury said in a video posted to the Queensberry Promotions Twitter feed.

“We’ll know by Monday anyway, because if it’s not done by Monday, I’ll be moving on.”

“I will not wait for some guy who has lost three of his last five fights. He’s lucky that I’m giving him the chance to win a world title.”

The 34-year-old added: “He’s an invited guest at my party – my rules. So if you want to play this game, come to the banquet and sit down.”

Warren, however, remained optimistic that the fight would go ahead, telling BT Sport: “There’s a meeting on Monday and I hope it resolves what I think are just a few outstanding issues, not for us. but for it seems for them.

“Let’s hope they keep their word and don’t shy away from it.”

Fury made an offer to fight Joshua in the Battle of Britain after it was revealed that Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO, IBF and WBA champion, ruled out a re-fight until early next year.

Joshua, 32, suffered his second straight loss to the Ukrainian in Saudi Arabia last month.

Fury announced he was retiring on his 34th birthday last month, having previously made a number of U-turns about his future in the sport.

But in a video posted to social media earlier this month, he challenged Joshua to a duel.

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