Tyson Fury has slammed Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk over what he perceives to be cowardice when it comes to stepping into the ring.
It had appeared that Fury and Joshua were simply a pair of signatures away from agreeing to a December 3 fight date at the Principality Stadium, with contracts being sent out last week. However, time is not on their side, and promoter Eddie Hearn has admitted he was not expecting the contract that he was sent initially from Fury's team.
However, Hearn insisted talks were moving in a positive direction as recently as yesterday, which appears to contrast with Fury's take on the situation. The world heavyweight champion has taken to Twitter to slam Joshua, as well as fellow champion Usyk, branding the "s***houses" in a foul-mouth rant accusing them of trying to avoid fights with him.
Usyk is currently nursing injuries picked up during his second fight with Joshua in August, and was unable to commit to the December 17 date floated for an undisputed bout in Saudi Arabia. In the meantime, Fury has moved on to Joshua, but it appears that too is in jeopardy judging by his latest social media outburst.
"Usyk you little s***house," Fury said in an angry message. "You little s*** bag talking s****, 'I'm afraid of you', I'll put my fist through the side of you, you little sausage. The other s***house that big bodybuilder Joshua, that's a proper s***house that is. He's had the contract for I don't how long and refuses to sign it.
"You little sausage, you do not want to fight, your manager's a sausage I've never seen anything like you. Both a pack of s***houses. However, I will be fighting December 3 if this sausage does not sign this contract which I don't think he will. I don't think he's got the b*******, the s***bag. Both of you, a pair of sausage s***houses. Joshua is a s***house, Usyk is a s***house, you are all s***houses."
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Fury does have a date booked at Cardiff's Principality Stadium for December 3, but could ultimately face former WBA regular champion Mahmoud Charr instead of Joshua. Fans who are expecting to watch Fury fight on that date would be disappointed to see that bout instead of Joshua, but the German seems to believe he is next.
"I promise you on December 3 I will smash your pretty face you big dosser," he wrote in a recent Instagram post, which Eddie Hearn has admitted leaves him worried about the outcome of current contract negotiations. "I focus this green and gold belt it's coming home."
Joshua is said to already be in camp for a fight with Fury, and has agreed to a contract with essentially no negotiating room where he will receive the lesser end of a 60-40 split. Should he win the belt, a rematch would take place with the split being 50-50.