Joshua denies £15m deal to step aside for Usyk-Fury fight

Ben Spratt
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24/01/202219:56
Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua
Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua insists he "ain't signed no contract" amid reports he has agreed to step aside for Tyson Fury to face Oleksandr Usyk in return for £15million. 

The alleged agreement was reported by The Telegraph on Sunday, claiming Joshua would forego a rematch with Usyk for the three heavyweight title belts he lost to the Ukrainian in September. 

Such a move would allow Usyk to instead take on Fury in a huge unification bout. 

Promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports he has a meeting planned with Joshua to discuss "a number of proposals and options", but the British fighter has dismissed talk of a £15m deal. 

Indeed, Joshua, describing himself as "the man who handles my business", also revealed frustrations at some of the reporting around his situation. 

In widely reported quotes, he said: "You know what's bad about all these interviews I see? 

"I see certain interviews that quote what I said, and I think to myself: 'I ain't done no interviews. Where did this person get this information from?' 

"I'm hearing people saying, 'AJ accepts £15m to step aside'. I ain't signed no contract, I ain't seen no contract. 

"I'm the man in control of my destiny, I'm a smart individual and I make calculated decisions every step of the way." 

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