Former boxer Tony Bellew has claimed that Anthony Joshua has halted talks with Deontay Wilder to pursue a fight against Tyson Fury in Africa, News About Nigeria gathered.
Negotiations were underway for a showdown between Joshua and Wilder in Saudi Arabia, but Bellew, a friend of Joshua’s, suggests that the focus has shifted towards a potential bout with Fury.
Bellew in an interview with BitcoinCasinos stated, “I am hearing rumours that talks between AJ and Wilder’s camps have stopped at the minute, and AJ’s camp is looking more towards Fury vs. AJ again instead of AJ and Wilder.”
He also hinted at the possibility of the fight taking place in Africa, drawing parallels with the historic “Rumble in the Jungle” held in Zaire.
Tyson Fury is set to face former UFC champion Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Saudi Arabia in a crossover clash.
Talks of a title unification bout against Oleksandr Usyk fell through, and Joshua, coming off a recent knockout victory against Robert Helenius, called out Deontay Wilder.
Meanwhile, Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that Joshua might fight in December if negotiations for the Wilder bout extend into the new year.
Hearn stated, “Talks are ongoing. We are still in the same position of a January fight. If we don’t conclude that fight and they talk about moving it to February or March, we will probably fight in December.”
While Wilder has expressed interest in fighting in October, Joshua remains open to the possibility of a December bout with The Bronze Bomber, while considering other possibilities if the deal falls through.