Lou DiBella says Anthony Joshua is 'cashing-out' by facing Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder’s promoter Lou DiBella claims facing Tyson Fury would be a ‘CASH-OUT’ for Anthony Joshua… as he insists the proposed Battle of Britain heavyweight showdown is ‘not the fight I most want to see’

  • Anthony Joshua has ‘accepted all terms’ to fight Tyson Fury in December
  • The fight looks set to go ahead despite Joshua losing his last two fights
  • Lou DiBella feels Joshua is not giving himself the best chance to win the fight
  • He believes Joshua may be ‘cashing-out’ by taking the fight on short notice
  • He has claimed the proposed clash is not at the top of his boxing wishlist 

Promoter Lou DiBella has accused Anthony Joshua of ‘cashing-out’ of boxing if he fights Tyson Fury next.

Joshua’s management team, 258, confirmed last week that he had ‘accepted all terms’ to face Fury on December 3 after being offered the fight, despite losing his last two bouts against Oleksandr Usyk.

DiBella thinks Joshua has nothing to be ashamed of after losing to Usyk again last month, but he feels that taking on Fury at relatively short notice after back-to-back defeats suggests the Olympic gold medallist is more interested in the money rather than giving himself the best chance of winning.

Anthony Joshua has ‘accepted all terms’ to fight heavyweight rival Tyson Fury in December

Fury offered him the fight, despite Joshua losing his last two fights against Oleksandr Usyk

Promoter Lou DiBella thinks Joshua is ‘cashing-out’ if he goes ahead with the Fury fight

‘Joshua didn’t fight poorly against Usyk. He fought better than he fought [the first time], he just lost to a better boxer,’ Dibella told Seconds Out.

‘If he was going to win the fight and fight Fury, is it so outrageous that he lost the fight and he’s going to fight Fury? No.

‘But coming off that fight, two losses in a row, rushing to make year-end, to fight Fury on Fury’s timetable when you haven’t had the easiest stretch and you haven’t won a fight in a while… it almost seems like a cash-out to me. 

‘Like, you know: “Hey, here’s maybe my last opportunity to make this fight ever.”‘

DiBella recognises that Joshua fighting Fury remains the biggest fight that can be made in the UK, but he has admitted he would prefer the duo to take on different opponents.  

DiBella thinks Joshua is not giving himself the best chance to win against Fury

DiBella has said Joshua-Fury would not be top of his wishlist after Joshua lost to Usyk twice

‘I’m sure that there will be massive money in that fight in the UK. I’m sure it’s a fight that’s gonna transcend boxing in the UK. So, I get it as a business proposition.

‘I guess there’s nothing of the enormity of Fury and Joshua in the UK, and that maybe everybody involved just wants to grab the cash when there’s still a chance, right? There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not the fight I most want to see.’

DiBella could be hinting that he would rather watch Fury face Usyk instead in an undisputed matchup with all the heavyweight titles on the line.   

This appeared the most logical clash after Usyk beat Joshua in Saudi Arabia, but the Ukrainian has since confirmed that he does not want to fight again in 2022 so that he can rest his body and spend time with his family. Fury has also previously claimed that he would want £500m to get in the ring with Usyk.

As a result, Fury now looks set for a domestic showdown with Joshua, while Usyk has revealed that he would like to take on Deontay Wilder, who DiBella previously promoted, in his next fight if the American beats Robert Helenius next month. 

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