British professional boxer, Anthony Joshua has accepted the challenge thrown at him by his British counterpart, Tyson Fury.
Naija News understands that the WBC heavyweight champion had earlier challenged Joshua on social media for another face-off in the ring this December.
In a swift response, Joshua said he will be ready for a December Battle of Britain. The Nigerian-British-born took to his Twitter handle and responded to Fury’s antics saying: “Yea calm. I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if you’re really about it shout @258mgt (Joshua’s management). I’ll be ready in December.”
Naija News understands that the acceptance to fight Fury was further discussed that same night by Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn.
Hearn is understood to have held preliminary talks with Fury’s team over the blockbuster showdown with his client.
Joshua’s public acceptance of the offer prompted a phone call between Hearn and Fury’s representatives. During an appearance on talkSPORT on Tuesday, the former champion said: “I had a chat last night with George Warren from Queensberry (Promotions).
“I’d love to get really excited about this because I think it’s the fight I get stopped on the street for more than any fight that could be made.
“It’s a fight AJ has wanted for a long time.
“Don’t forget we signed for this fight last year before the court arbitration forced Deontay Wilder to fight for Tyson Fury.
“It’s an interesting one because last week he retired, then he’d only come back to fight Usyk, then he made an offer to Derek Chisora, then he wanted half a billion, then he retired again, then he’s fighting Usyk in December and now he’s fighting Joshua.
“The message is quite clear from Joshua; we don’t want to get in a backwards and forwards, we want the fight.”
Naija News recalls that Fury and Joshua were supposed to meet in the ring last year after agreeing on a stunning two-fight deal in March 2020.
But former WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder scuppered the undisputed bout when he won his arbitration for a trilogy fight with Fury.
This article was originally published on Naija News