By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Following Eddie Hearn’s announcement that a date and venue for this summer’s showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury would be confirmed next week, the Gypsy King’s father has hit back at Hearn, telling the promoter to finalise the match or stop talking about it, with the message of ‘put up or shut up’.
Tyson’s father, John, responded to Hearn with a video message on his personal Instagram account.
He made it clear that his son has no fear of Joshua and will welcome an undisputed title bout against him this summer, hitting out at Hearn and telling him to get the deal sorted.
He said: ‘We’re not bothered about Anthony Joshua one iota and here’s what you can do.
‘If he wants a fight in June, get it ready for June, Eddie. We’ll take him as a warm-up fight, him.
‘We value Anthony Joshua that much we’ll take him as a warm-up fight in June.
‘So get your a*** in gear, get everything that needs doing done and we’ll take him in June.
‘Because Tyson is fighting twice this year, but we’d like AJ to be the first one on the butcher’s block.
‘So get your a*** in gear mate, wave your magic wand and let’s get this fight started because nobody’s worried about you or AJ in any way, shape or form.
‘And if you can’t put up, shut up – do that.’
Hearn and Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum gave themselves a three-week deadline to clear these final – but significant hurdles.