Tyson Fury “frustrated” about Anthony Joshua unification delay, says trainer

Andy Lee has suggested that Fury vs Joshua is “inevitable” but The Gypsy King is “frustrated” that the fight has not been made official yet.

Andy Lee, who is part of Tyson Fury's camp, has revealed that the boxer is becoming "frustrated" as talks for a fight with Anthony Joshua draw on.

Both fighters and their camps have been deep in negotiations over the heavyweight unification over the past couple of months.

There is growing discontent among boxing fans that there has not been an announcement yet.

But recent reports suggest that the bout is all-but agreed and it is due to take place in Saudi Arabia either in late July or early August.

Speaking after Derek Chisora's points defeat to Joseph Parker, Eddie Hearn suggested that Fury vs AJ could be made official this week.

Lee has told Sky Sports that Fury could have fought in "February or March" had he not been waiting for the Joshua fight:

"He is frustrated. The end date was February, then it was March, now we're still going on.

"He's very frustrated that the biggest, most powerful people in boxing (promoters Bob Arum, Eddie Hearn and all the networks) but they can't seem to get the deal done for whatever reason.

"It's inevitable that it will happen.

"But all this sitting around and waiting? Tyson could have fought in February or March. He's been held up by it. He does like to be active.

"I don't know if it's to his detriment or his benefit that this wait has happened. He will be ready to unleash the fury when this fight is on!"

Meanwhile, Frank Bruno has told the Don't Tell Me The Score podcast that Fury will "take [Joshua] to the cleaners" when they face off:

"My money is going to go on Fury. He's a much more experienced guy than Joshua.

"Anthony Joshua has still got a lot to learn. He's very game, he is very tough and he trains very well… but I think Tyson Fury will take him to the cleaners.

"He'll take him to the cleaners and take his pants down and smack him. Seriously… he's going to school him!"

It will happen, won't it?

Given all that has gone on over the past few months, it is understandable that Fury is frustrated.

The Brit was set to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time until that all fell apart. He was then hoping to fight someone else before the end of 2020, but that fell through as well.

Fury has not fought since February last year so if the unification bout is set for August. he will have been inactive for 18 months before the biggest fight of his career.

It's yet to be seen how this will affect him against Joshua, who last fought in December 2020.

After weeks of delays, let's hope that as Hearn said, this is the week it gets made official. The ongoing negotiations has taken some of the excitement away from the fight.

But once it is announced, we can look ahead to the build-up, which should be thrilling given who is involved. Then there is the fight itself that could well go down as an all-time great heavyweight clash.

Just get them papers signed, please…

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