Wednesday 8th December 2021: Anthony Joshua has been backed to avenge his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk – by rival Tyson Fury’s dad John.
Joshua lost his heavyweight titles to Usyk earlier this year and immediately triggered his rematch clause with the former cruiserweight king.
Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn fuelled speculation that ‘AJ’ could step aside from his rematch with Usyk and allow Tyson Fury to have an undisputed title fight with the Ukrainian.
WBC titleholder Fury has insisted he wants Joshua to make his decision about the rematch by this weekend.
And Fury’s father John thinks Joshua’s massive price demand for the step aside fight shows the Brit is keen to avenge his loss.
“It’s business boxing and I do believe AJ wants to fight Usyk, that’s why he asked for £40m. I’d ask for £70m, so good luck AJ,” he told iFL TV.’