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Anthony Joshua 24-2 (22) is reportedly close to accepting a £15million step-aside fee to allow WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 31-0-1 (22) to attempt to unify with WBA, WBO and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk 19-0 (13).

 

The 32-year-old former unified champion was expected to move directly into a rematch with Ukranian southpaw conqueror Usyk, 35, with the 33-year-old Fury ordered to make a mandatory title defence against fellow Englishman Dillian Whyte 28-2 (19)

 

https://www.ringnews24.com/2022/01/24/anthony-joshua-considering-15million-step-aside-fee-to-allow-tyson-fury-vs-oleksander-usyk-to-happen/

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--- Bud, pray tell us why AJ turns down a 4 belt title opportunity vs Usyk for 40-50 mil for a peanut 15 mil step aside?

 

Last I checked, AJ/Usyk/Eddie still in control of the unified belts that matter. Let emasculated Fury defend vs Whyte for more peanuts if, IF he can actually MAN up vs Whyte for his 2nd Ring Title defense in the 6 years he's held that now miserable belt.

 

AJ gonna pass on following up on this work?

 

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--- Bud, pray tell us why AJ turns down a 4 belt title opportunity vs Usyk for 40-50 mil for a peanut 15 mil step aside?

 

 

Because he knows he'll lose again, and he has pride. Plus he has enough money already.

 

Plus he knows that he'll still be offered a shot at the title again in 1-2 years, after he possibly learns some new skills from his new trainers.

 

 

Plus, you know, money for nuthin' and his chicks for free.

 

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--- No guarantees with Fury who's been quacking more than any fighter of 21st Century. AJ already shot down this MTK planted gossip as he locks and loads for Usyk bounty.

 

Meanwhile, Fury at the height of his imaginary powers stuck with having to duck Whyte peanuts and being stripped of the last of every title he's ever owned.

 

Oh how the imaginary Mighty have fallen...R.I.P.

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One of two scenarios is true here. Hearn promotes both Usyk and AJ. So he's on both the giving and receiving ends of the "offer." If the offer is genuine, then it's merely a formality. The decision has been made. Hearn/AJ accept. AJ gets the easy way out - also preferred by Hearn - by avoiding the direct rematch with Usyk and instead gets the Usyk/Fury winner for all the marbles in one shot. Neither AJ nor Hearn are terribly confident AJ can beat Usyk or Fury - whichever of the two he fights next. If as expected Fury beats Usyk, Hearn gets his Fury/AJ megafight and cashes out if as expected Fury is the last man standing. It's the path of least resistance to maximize the return on AJ. Who knows? Perhaps AJ will even shock the world. Does any money actually change hands from this "offer?" Can't see how. "Accepting" gives AJ an easier path, and Usyk winds up with a less winnable fight.

 

The other possible scenario is that the offer is a sham. Hearn serves his function as promoter by making a fictitious step-aside offer that AJ gallantly declines in the interest of defending his honor. AJ's rep is boosted by manning up to avenge his defeat. A clever ploy. Anyone else falling for that? Surely the press will eat it up.

 

The wild card is Whyte. He'd have to - for the umpteenth time - step aside as Fury's mandatory. Of course, Hearn also promotes Whyte. Hearn could conceivably convince Whyte to keep waiting but there's gotta be a limit to Whyte's patience. He'd have to sit through Usyk/Fury and AJ vs the winner. That'd be after we ring in 2023. I don't see it.

 

I'm expecting Usyk/AJ II and Fury/Whyte this spring. This "offer" is a promotional gimmick to get Fury's mouth going - not that he needs much prodding - and stoke the fire for the Usyk/AJ rematch. Wake me up when the bell for round 1 rings.

 

 

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Tyson Fury-Dillian Whyte fight to proceed after step-aside deal for Anthony Joshua collapses

 

By Mike Coppinger, ESPN

 

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will meet in the ring after all.

 

There was an agreement in principle for both Whyte and Anthony Joshua to step aside and forego planned bouts with Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, respectively, in exchange for millions of dollars, but the deal fell apart after parties attempted to renegotiate at the 11th hour, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

 

The proposed deal would have paved the way for Fury to fight Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship in June in Saudi Arabia, sources said. It's believed the $155 million site fee the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offered last year for a fight between Fury and Joshua was in play. Money from that package would have gone to both Whyte and Joshua.

 

Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) is the WBC's mandatory challenger so he's owed an immediate title shot against Fury. The rights to that fight will now be auctioned off at Friday's purse bid, which has been postponed numerous times to allow time for a step-aside deal to be closed. It's possible that bout lands in the U.K. in the spring, but it will be up to whichever promoter wins the purse bid.

 

There are no serious negotiations for Fury-Whyte ahead of the purse bid, per sources.

 

The lucrative step-aside package Joshua weighed landed him a fight against the winner of Fury-Usyk in December in Saudi Arabia.

 

In that instance, Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) would have stayed busy with a tune-up fight in March in the U.K., before fighting Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion. Instead, Fury will have to get past Whyte, 34, and hope to fight the winner of Usyk-Joshua later this year for all four belts.

 

Still, there's plenty of hope Fury will vie for heavyweight supremacy later this year. He will be heavily favored to defeat Whyte and will be in line to fight the winner of Usyk-Joshua. The rematch is expected to land in the U.K. in the spring.

 

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Tyson Fury-Dillian Whyte fight to proceed after step-aside deal for Anthony Joshua collapses

 

By Mike Coppinger, ESPN

 

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will meet in the ring after all.

 

There was an agreement in principle for both Whyte and Anthony Joshua to step aside and forego planned bouts with Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, respectively, in exchange for millions of dollars, but the deal fell apart after parties attempted to renegotiate at the 11th hour, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

 

The proposed deal would have paved the way for Fury to fight Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship in June in Saudi Arabia, sources said. It's believed the $155 million site fee the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offered last year for a fight between Fury and Joshua was in play. Money from that package would have gone to both Whyte and Joshua.

 

Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) is the WBC's mandatory challenger so he's owed an immediate title shot against Fury. The rights to that fight will now be auctioned off at Friday's purse bid, which has been postponed numerous times to allow time for a step-aside deal to be closed. It's possible that bout lands in the U.K. in the spring, but it will be up to whichever promoter wins the purse bid.

 

There are no serious negotiations for Fury-Whyte ahead of the purse bid, per sources.

 

The lucrative step-aside package Joshua weighed landed him a fight against the winner of Fury-Usyk in December in Saudi Arabia.

 

In that instance, Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) would have stayed busy with a tune-up fight in March in the U.K., before fighting Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion. Instead, Fury will have to get past Whyte, 34, and hope to fight the winner of Usyk-Joshua later this year for all four belts.

 

Still, there's plenty of hope Fury will vie for heavyweight supremacy later this year. He will be heavily favored to defeat Whyte and will be in line to fight the winner of Usyk-Joshua. The rematch is expected to land in the U.K. in the spring.

 

--- Just Hearn/AJ/Usyk making Fury eat WBC Whyte shyte that Fury is trying to duck. Sounds like he needs a meds adjustment to man up in the ring again.

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Joshua needs to get a new trainer sorted. One whose advice isn't "you're a lot bigger, stronger and more powerful than Usyk so stand back and try to outbox him."

 

The whole training thing seems a bit muddled. Have seen him with different trainers but not sure who got the job, if anyone.

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