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Tyson Fury says Anthony Joshua fight is off after deadline passes with no signed contract

The British mega-fight could happen soon. Never mind.

This combination of pictures created on December 14, 2020 shows Boxer Tyson Fury (L) during a press conference in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 2020, and British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua during a press conference in Ad Diriyah, a Unesco-listed heritage site, outside Riyadh, on December 4, 2019. Photo by RINGO CHIU,FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images

UPDATE: Tyson Fury announced on social media that his potential fight with Anthony Joshua is off because the latter did not sign the contract by a 5 p.m. British Standard Time (noon ET) deadline.

Anthony Joshua has lost two straight fights and three of his last five, but it appears that won’t stop him from a potential mega-bout with fellow British heavyweight Tyson Fury. The latter issued a challenge to the former and Joshua posted on social media that his lawyers are viewing the contract.

“It’s not in my hands, it’s with the legal team. That’s why you hire lawyers. You know the history of boxing, make sure you get your legal terms right. Of course, I’m going to sign a contract. It’s just with some lawyers at the minute.”

Fury claimed to retire following his April win over Dillian Whyte, but as with most boxing retirements, it appears to not have taken hold on the first go-around. He sits at 32-0-1 after successfully defending his WBC and Ring Magazine titles against Whyte. He no longer holds the Ring Magazine title, but this particular bout is not really about titles.

Joshua is coming off back-to-back decision losses to Oleksandr Usyk. He lost his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles in 2021 and then lost a rematch in 2022 that also included the vacant Ring Magazine title.