Anthony Joshua: I’ve not stepped aside for anybody!
Nigerian angrily denies he has agreed to allow Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight hold
Anthony Joshua has slammed reports that he is set to accept £15million to allow his rivals Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk fight for the undisputed heavyweight title.
Reports emerged Sunday that Joshua was going to accept a massive money offer to let Fury and Usyk fight this year despite being contractually obligated to a rematch with the Ukrainian.
The Telegraph first reported the news, saying that no official decision had yet been made but that Joshua was “close” to accepting a huge deal to forego his second fight with Usyk for £15m.
But Joshua has hit back at that claim, calling it “bulls***” in a new social media video.
“You know what’s mad about all these interviews I see?” Joshua asked fans. “I see certain interviews that quote what I said.
“But I think to myself ‘I ain’t done no interviews,’ where did this person get this information from.
“I’m hearing people saying ‘AJ accepts £15million to step aside, I ain’t signed no contract – I ain’t seen no contract.
“As it stands, stop listening to the bulls*** until it comes from me, I’m the man in control of my destiny, I’m the man that handles my business.
“I’m a smart individual and I make calculated decisions every step of the way.
“Don’t listen to the bulls*** from other sources, if I tell you something then you know it’s real.”
Joshua has been remaining laser focused on a rematch with Usyk since losing his belts to the former undisputed cruiserweight champion last September.
The pair were forced to fight after Usyk was ordered as WBO mandatory challenger when a fight between Joshua and Fury fell through for legal reasons.