The Hall of Fame promoter doesn’t believe AJ’s team are up for a fight with the American just yet
Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has told talkSPORT he doesn’t believe Anthony Joshua’s team wanted to take the Deontay Wilder fight in 2018.
The highly acclaimed boxing figure, who has worked in the sport for almost 40 years, struggled to comprehend AJ and rival promoter Eddie Hearn’s decision to reject a $ 50m offer.
When asked directly if he believed Joshua wanted the fight, Warren told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “They turned down a guarantee of $ 80m, that was $ 50m for the fight, $ 30m for the rematch. That was their guarantee!
“If it’d have done the business that everybody thinks it’d do, and I’m sure it would have been a massive fight as we all know, I think they would have wound up making more money.
“But they didn’t want it, otherwise they would’ve signed the contract.”
The 66-year-old recently announced the second comeback fight for his own heavyweight charge, former unified champion Tyson Fury.
Fury will face former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson, August 18 at Windsor Park in Belfast.
While reflecting on the collapse of Joshua v Wilder, Warren then revealed that he himself has been in talks about a potential fight involving the American.
“I think it’s all gone away for the moment, it’s a shame for the fans,” he continued.
“But in the meantime Tyson’s got his eye on him as well – Wilder. There’s been some talks going on at the moment and we’ll see where we go with it.
“He’s the lineal champion, he never lost his titles in the ring.
“If he comes back being 80% of the fighter he was – and he’s still a young man, he’s only 29 – I think he beats them all.”