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Tyson Fury AGAIN claims Anthony Joshua fight is off as he accepts Mahmoud Charr offer

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Tyson Fury has claimed his fight with Anthony Joshua is off again – for a second time in every week – after initially hinting the bout may very well be resurrected, as he called his rival ‘a s***bag coward’ and accepting a fight with Mahmoud Charr as a substitute. 

The Gypsy King has been goading Joshua into signing his contract to establish a blockbuster Battle of Britain clash in Cardiff on December 3, however the WBC champion grew uninterested in waiting for him and told him the fight was off after missing the 5pm deadline he set on Monday. 

The showdown looked dead within the water until Fury revealed his promotion company Queensbury were still in talks to stage the bout – urging Joshua to sign the contract today after broadcasters DAZN, BT Sport and ESPN all got here to an agreement – but has now claimed the Watford-born star has ‘ducked his way out’ once more. 

Tyson Fury has again claimed his fight with Anthony Joshua is off after giving hope that their Battle of Britain showdown may very well be resurrected

Fury gave Anthony Joshua a deadline to sign the contract for their battle of Britain clash and he missed it - but then gave him another chance to agree a deal Joshua is reeling from two straight defeats but has said he is eager to face the Gypsy King in December this year

Fury gave Anthony Joshua a deadline to sign the contract for his or her battle of Britain clash on Monday but he missed it – before giving him one other likelihood to agree a deal 

Speaking on an Instagram story, Fury said: ‘Mahmoud Charr, it seems now that AJ is finally out, he’s ducked his way out and a s***tbag, coward, and you are the man who desires to fight, so I like that. 

‘I like the very fact you are very vocal and also you’re calling for a fight like a person should do. Any man who desires to fight a person should call him out as you have been doing to me. So I accept your challenge Mahmoud Charr, let’s get it on motherf****er.’

His latest rant comes hours after his personal plea to Joshua to sign his contract, U-turning on his decision to scrap the fight and telling him ‘the ball’s in your court’.

‘Anthony Joshua, where will we start,’ Fury said in a video message on Twitter. ‘The deadline was Monday. Frank Warren asked me and convinced me to let it carry on for a couple of more days.

Joshua may find himself with no alternate avenue to go down if his Fury fight collapses

Joshua was labelled ‘a s***bag coward’ by Fury after a continued delay in contract talks  

‘Today is Thursday. And regardless that I knew you would not sign this contract, I allowed Frank to proceed doing meetings together with your team and your broadcasters and all that, and now we have now BT, DAZN and ESPN all on the identical page. They’re completely happy with all the things. they’re all completely happy, able to rock ‘n roll.

‘You guys asked for a whole lot of stuff. You desired to be co-promoters while you’re a voluntary challenger. Guess what, I said give it to ’em. Allow them to be co-promoters. 

‘You wanted full transparency regardless that you are not an equal shareholder on this party. Do you understand what I said? Give him full transparency. I’ve got nothing to cover. I’m not attempting to rob anybody. I’ve never robbed anybody of a penny in my life. So now you have full transparency, all the things is clean and fair.

‘The ball is actually in your court, son. Everybody is completed. For those who were really a person, and also you had any form of dignity and pride about you, you will get this contract signed today. 

‘That is it. There are not any more days, weeks and months. You’ve got had the contract for over two weeks and you continue to have not signed it. Show the general public that you simply really are an enormous coward – that I do know you’re – and do not sign it. I do not care either way, if you happen to sign it or you do not it makes no difference to me.

Fury has now turned his attentions towards fighting German heavyweight Mahmoud Charr

Fury has now turned his attentions towards fighting German heavyweight Mahmoud Charr

Frank Warren has hit out at Anthony Joshua's camp for including 'nonsensical' alterations in their contract to face Tyson Fury

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren (R) has been locked in talks to secure the Joshua fight all week

‘You are a beaten man and I’m a world champion. I’m chucking you an enormous bone, but I do know I can punch your face in so I’m willing to offer you a possibility. 

‘There’s nothing more to do, everyone seems to be completely happy, get your team onto mine, they’ll be available all day like they’ve been the past two weeks. Get this contract signed today you big p**** and provides the British fans what they need. 

‘There is no more running, you may have to fight me. You can not escape. The Fury is coming… B****’.

The most recent saga caps of a chaotic week of forwards and backwards between Fury and AJ’s camp that had left the heavyweight landscape up within the air. 

Fury first gave Joshua the possibility to battle for his WBC belt in September, with negotiations delayed initially by the death of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Tensions that began to grow after Fury claimed Joshua had spent 10 days with the contract without sending it back – and while ringside at Joe Joyce v Joseph Parker he vowed to walk away in 48 hours if there was no answer from him by then. 

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn hit back at the comments made by Fury over the past week

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn hit back on the comments made by Fury over the past week

After setting a 5pm deadline for Monday and seeing it pass with nothing from AJ’s camp, Fury announced the fight was off  – calling him an ‘idiot bodybuilder’ and wishing him luck with the remainder of his profession. 

He has since called out Joyce himself in addition to Charr – while Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed he had even approached Dereck Chisora over a fight this week, just 24 hours before setting Joshua one other deadline.

Hearn said he has been left baffled by Fury’s behaviour and said his constant deadline setting just isn’t helping while the 2 camps hold talks.

He told Behind the Gloves: ‘He’s just offered a fight to Derek Chisora yesterday after which he says today “okay AJ I’ll offer you until today”. It ain’t going to get done today.’  

Hearn also hit back on the claims which have been made by Fury over the past week.

‘To be honest we’re quite baffled by this case,’ Hearn told Sky Sports.

‘Firstly, once we agreed terms for the fight it took us over every week to receive a draft contract. We now have not have that contract for 14 days. 

‘Over the following week we have worked tirelessly and had a variety of meetings with Queensbury to get the contract in some type of decent shape. 

Fury has said he will be fighting on December 3, and is now set to fight an alternative opponent

Fury has said he will likely be fighting on December 3, and is now set to fight another opponent

‘Last Monday we sent our final draft of the contract only to see that Tyson Fury had publicly pulled out of the fight and that it was not on the table. 

‘Yesterday we then received comments from Queensbury on a final draft of our agreement which is now being reviewed. 

‘I’m undecided why Tyson Fury keeps setting unrealistic deadlines while also offering the fight to a variety of other heavyweights for the chosen date.’

Hearn continued: ‘If he’s serious in regards to the fight being made I suggest he allows Matchroom and Queensbury to maintain working hard to make the fight of which everyone has been trying hard to do. 

‘You may’t publicly keep pulling out of a fight after which restart negotiations when there was so many positive conversations had. We’ll see what happens from here.’ 

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