Anthony Joshua wants to fight again. The former world heavyweight champion has started to warm up his fists for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk, who defeated him last September. Joshua has challenged Usyk to return to the ring but is also negotiating a deal to allow the Ukrainian to face Tyson Fury first. The only condition is that he gets paid $50 million in return.
The Matchroom Sports president Eddie Hearn said the Briton is willing to delay his return if he is awarded a large sum of money.
Joshua’s figure is similar to what he asked for from Deontay Wilder back in 2017: “Deontay Wilder, said he gave me 50 million dollars. If he gives me $50m, I’ll accept the fight the next day. I swear.”
The Briton lost his three heavyweight belts to Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September, shattering hopes of Fury and his fellow Brit facing off in a unification bout for their next fight.
“Right now, there’s a lot of talk on whether AJ will let Usyk and Fury fight for the undisputed while he prepares with a new trainer and then faces the winner,” Hearn said. “AJ’s focus is just to rematch Oleksandr Usyk at the moment. Until there is something that is put to me that maps out a really good path and strategy for Anthony, we’re just set on the rematch.
Fury, who is coming off a 2-0 win over Deontay Wilder in the trilogy fight, wants to unify the heavyweight division with a win over Usyk.
Joshua has yet to officially release any statement on the offer. So far, he seems determined to get his belts back from Usyk.