- Talks between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua were put on hold following Queen Elizabeth II's passing
- Joshua recently accepted the offer to fight Fury in a bid to regain titles he lost to WBA-IBF-WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk in August
- When official Fury v Joshua will likely take place in December in what could be a highly anticipated 'Battle of Britain'
Talks about a mouth-watering showdown between boxing heavyweights Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have been put on hold following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Discussions were progressing smoothly after Joshua accepted a 60/40 split in Fury's favour to take the fight. Fury offered Joshua a chance to fight after WBA-IBF-WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk made a decision not to fight again this year, paving way for a tasty all-British heavyweight clash.
According to bong promoter Frank Warren, they decided to postpone the talks following the passing of the head of state.
It wasn’t appropriate obviously. That’s how we feel. We’ve put it on hold and will pick up on it in the next week or so. From our perspective, we don’t feel it is appropriate out of respect for what has happened.
Exciting feature: Check out news exactly for YOU ➡️ find "Recommended for you" block and enjoy!
Joshua accepts the offer to take on Fury
Joshua accepted the offer to fight the Gypsy King a few days ago through his promoter Eddie Hearn who said the fight could take place on December 17th. However, Fury explained that he has two dates already booked (November 26 at Wembley, London and December 3 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.)
Joshua was beaten last month in a title rematch by Usyk, denying him the chance to regain the WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF titles. When it becomes official, the Briton will look to bounce back from the disappointing defeat in Saudi Arabia.
Boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk offers to help Anthony Joshua in blockbuster fight against Tyson Fury
Fury comes out of 'retirement'
34-year-old Fury last fought in April, knocking out Dillian Whyte in the sixth round to retain his WBC title in a packed Wembley Stadium in London. A few months after the fight the Manchester United fan announced that he was retiring from the sport.
Still, he went on to inform the WBC that he intends to continue boxing.
Sports Brief earlier reported that a boxing expert warned Joshua from accepting the fight since Fury was just mocking him.