Tyson Fury responds to beginning unification talks with Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury has insisted he is prepared to fight anywhere in the world after the heavyweight’s team began talks with Anthony Joshua about staging a unification showdown this year.

ESPN claim ‘negotiations’ had begun between Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Fury’s management company MTK after several territories contacted the teams offering to host the event.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced boxing in the UK and America to be suspended and it is unclear when mass gatherings will be permitted to resume in either country.

Hearn played down the term ‘negotiations’ but admitted he was speaking to MTK about potentially convincing Kubrat Pulev and Deontay Wilder to step aside.

Joshua is contracted to fight Pulev next, while Fury is tied into a third bout with Wilder – any offer to host Joshua-Fury would have to cover the step-aside offers.

Fury was contacted by ESPN for comment and gave a short response, saying: ‘I’ll fight in Timbuktu if the money’s right. I have a bag, and I will travel.’

Hearn clarified on Sky Sports no formal talks between both parties had taken place and explained it was impossible to confirm any details.

‘We’ve had two other offers from two other territories [as well as Saudi Arabia],’ Hearn said.

‘We don’t know which territories will be allowed to implement a live gate and audience before other countries.

‘If you look like places like Australia and New Zealand, there are zero cases in New Zealand and very few in Australia.

‘There’s going to be some countries that will start up sooner than others. For me I would love to bring Fury-AJ to the UK.

‘Right now in December, that doesn’t look a possibility.

‘Whilst I’d love to tell you we’re in negotiations and it’s close, what we’re doing is we’re talking.

‘We’re all moving in the right direction. We’ve all got the same mindset which is to create the biggest fight in boxing history between two British world champions fighting for that undisputed world heavyweight championship.

‘You will get this fight, it’s just a case of when and where.’

The British Boxing Board of Control confirmed this week they were hopeful of resuming events this summer, but announced fight nights would be behind closed doors to begin with.

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