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Wembley and Cardiff provisionally booked for Joshua fight claims Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury has laid down the mantle to Anthony Joshua as he continues to push for a ‘Battle of Britain’ bout later this year.

World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title holder Britain's Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury has claimed his team has provisionally booked dates at Wembley and Cardiff for a potential ‘Battle of Britain’ clash with Anthony Joshua, with a date at Manchester United’s Old Trafford seen as “too short”.

The WBC heavyweight champion has laid down the mantle to his compatriot in attempts to finally give fans the fight they have been crying out for, although not with the same stakes as previously anticipated.

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Fury and Joshua had an agreement to fight in Saudi Arabia in August 2021, which would have been a unification of the three leading heavyweight titles, but plans collapsed after a US judge ruled Deontay Wilder’s rematch with Fury should go ahead.

While Fury was able to defeat the Bronze Bomber, Joshua lost his titles to Oleksandr Usyk and lost again to the Ukrainian in last month’s rematch.

That seemed to spell the end of Joshua’s stint at the top of the heavyweight game but Fury has offered a shot at his WBC belt later this year, with Usyk not planning to fight until 2023 due to injuries.

Fury has made his proposals public knowledge on social media and explained why he has gone in with a 60/40 offer, while adding venues have been provisionally booked.

“I think it’s more than generous. I didn’t want to go in at 80/20 like they would do to me,” he told TalkSport.

“I really want this fight to happen because Usyk the middleweight doesn’t want no smoke like I thought he didn’t and now I’m going after AJ. I’ve already beaten Wilder and there’s only one other person and that’s AJ the bodybuilder.

Why not give him 40 per cent, no excuses, let’s get the fight made for the British public. the Battle of Britain, who’s going to win it, me or him?

“He only had a sparring contest [against Usyk] didn’t he? He’s match fit, coming off a training camp. I’ve seen they’re trying to wriggle a bit with the dates.

“We had Manchester United football ground booked for November 12 but they’re saying that’s too short.

“Even better, we’ve got Wembley booked for November 26 and if he doesn’t want that I even have December 3 in Cardiff, so take your pick you dosser.”

Wembley was the venue for Fury’s knockout of Dillian Whyte in April, while Cardiff played host to Joshua’s 2018 victory against Joseph Parker.

Due to the winter months proposed, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium may be the preferred option due to the closing roof.