Tyson Fury hits out at Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte as heavyweight scene resembles chess match

In a defiant video on Twitter, Tyson Fury has called out Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte after the heavyweight chess game took another turn.

Tyson Fury has come to the end of his tether with "cowards" Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte as he waits for his April opponent to be confirmed.

Joshua was reported to be ready to take £15m to step aside and let Fury take on Oleksandr Usyk, who destroyed Joshua in September 2021.

The Brit quickly said those claims were "bulls***" though and made it clear "I haven't signed a contract" on Monday.

Joshua activated the rematch clause after his first fight with Usyk, but the finer points have yet to be nailed down. That led to suggestions that Fury would step into the breach to fight the Ukrainian in a huge unification fight.

Fury had been in talks with Whyte over a fight between the two British rivals, but that has been held up by purse talks.If Joshua fails to step aside and goes ahead with his plan to take on Usyk then purse bids will take place for WBC champion Fury to face mandatory challenger Whyte.

But Fury is getting sick of the chess game, which becomes more complex each day.

'Cowards'

In a video message posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Fury said: "Another gym session smashed, Tuesday morning done.

"Tick tick f-ing tick tock is the subject today.

"Is Dillian Whyte going to fight me? Is Anthony Joshua going to step aside? Let me know because I'm sick of looking at these bums.

"Sick of listening to their excuses.

"Tick tick tock the time has run out of the bottle, you're all getting a good hiding, cowards!"

Joshua is set to sit down with promoter Eddie Hearn on Tuesday to discuss the future, with "a number of proposals and options" on Tuesday on the agenda.

"I'm meeting with AJ and 258 management to go through plans for his next fight. We have a number of proposals and options to discuss. The goal remains the same of course - to re-capture the world heavyweight crown," as cited by the Telegraph.

Like Fury, Usyk remains in limbo and his promoter Alexander Krassyuk disclosed that his camp are awaiting clarification from Joshua and Fury.

"We are in talks regarding Fury fight since November," said Krassyuk. "And though AJ gave his consent, we still have not reached the final point in negotiations. And unless we get it the AJ rematch remains the basic option for us."

AJ's step-aside issues

Whatever happens this week, the next few days will be defining in the heavyweight division.

Joshua has always maintained he is in the sport for the belts and not the money. Therefore taking the £15m to step aside would leave a question mark over his credibility

His thoughts would then surely be on a blockbuster of a fight with the winner of Fury vs Usyk. However, the waiting game is loaded with potential issues.

An injury to the winner could put paid to AJ's chances of another shot at the titles. A draw between Fury and Usyk would further cloudy the picture.

While, who is to say that a maverick like Fury will not call time on his career? That would leave Joshua kicking his heels and leave 33-year-old Fury heading to Las Vegas for his retirement.

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