Tyson Fury paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as he broke his silence on social media with fans awaiting confirmation of his fight against Anthony Joshua.
Fury is trying to set up a heavyweight title fight against Joshua on December 3 and had pledged to upload a video every hour until his fellow Brit agrees. He stopped posting after news broke of the Queen’s death, but updated his Instagram account ahead of the monarch’s funeral.
“Hey guys, Queen’s funeral today,” Fury said in a brief update on her Instagram Story. “I’ve left social media for the past ten days in mourning, out of respect for our late Queen. I haven’t posted anything, haven’t been interested in anything else, to be fair. I hope everyone the funeral will go well, my condolences to all the family and may they rest in heaven forever. In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.”
It is believed that work was going on behind the scenes and Joshua was given a contract last Friday. Details have not been confirmed, but it is understood there was a 60/40 split of the purse in favor of Fury, but that would change to 50/50 should Fury trigger the rematch clause.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has explained why his man wanted to fight despite being at a financial disadvantage, following his recent loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
“He thinks, ‘this is my only chance,'” he told Sky Sports. “Because if he fights Usyk, wins or loses, I think he will retire or you never know with Fury, he might never fight again. The reason he accepts these conditions is because he thinks this is the only chance he will have to fight Tyson Fury.
“So, okay, it would have been better to get a win, but we’re here and (Joshua thinks) I can beat him and I feel good. When he drew (Deontay) Wilder, we offered Fury the fight against AJ and we offered him 60-40 and he said no and he said I would only take 50-50.
“That’s one of the reasons I wanted to push back some terms. But in the end it was AJ who canceled and said no, just accept it.