Anthony Joshua has explained that he hasn’t yet signed the contract to fight Tyson Fury because it’s currently “with lawyers.” The big-hitting British superstars look set to go head-to-head at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on December 3 in an eagerly-anticipated showdown.

“I’ve been signing contracts for years,” Joshua hissed in a moody message on social media. “It ain’t in my hands, it’s with a legal team. That’s why you hire lawyers. If you know the history of boxing, make sure you get your legal terms right. That’s why you’ve got good management and good lawyers. So of course I’m going to sign the contract. It’s just with some lawyers at the minute.”

Joshua has suffered a miserable 12 months after being defeated by Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur last September before losing the rematch in Saudi Arabia last month. But the 32-year-old has been offered the chance to take on 34-year-old Fury.

Fury had announced his retirement from boxing in April after knocking out Dillian Whyte at Wembley. But he has since decided he wants to get back in the ring to take on Joshua. The Gypsy King has offered Joshua a 40 per cent split of the profits to entice him into the ring. But he’s set a deadline of Monday for the contracts to be signed, with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Heard questioning whether the Morecambe-based ace even wants the fight to take place.

“And we have meetings with BT, with DAZN, with Queensberry to go through the process and get this done. But it ain’t happening on Monday. If you’re true to your word, which you never are, then walk away.

“The public know, you’re going to fight Manuel Charr on December 3 – it’s a joke. So don’t waste our time because we’ve spent a lot of time on this fight already. If you don’t want the fight, just walk away. I don’t think Tyson and Queensberry are on the same page – they can’t be.”

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