Deontay Wilder’s promoter claims Anthony Joshua is ‘cashing out’ vs Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder’s promoter Lou DiBella has suggested that the Tyson Fury fight is a “cash out” for his British rival Anthony Joshua.

Frank Warren revealed last week that a contract had been sent to Joshua's team with a bout with Fury planned for December 3 in Cardiff.

After losing to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time, DiBella said he believes AJ thinks this is his "last opportunity" to fight Fury.

"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.'"

He added: "I'm sure that there will be massive money in that fight in the UK. I'm sure it's a fight that's going to 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."

Eddie Hearn and Joshua's management team (258 MGT) are understood to be reviewing this contract after they "accepted all terms" to battle Fury next.

This bout is now looking increasingly likely to happen, with the pay-per-view distribution in the UK and the United States being one of the last remaining hurdles to overcome.

DiBella is busy himself as he is putting on Wilder vs Robert Helenius on October 15.

This will be Wilder's first fight in a year. He has not stepped in the ring since he lost to Fury for a second time last October.

With Fury seemingly focusing on Joshua, Usyk has revealed that he is planning to battle Wilder next if he beats Helenius.

Tentative talks are already underway for the pair to face off in the United States at the start of 2023.

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