Antony Joshua should ‘hesitate’ to accept 40% purse to fight Tyson Fury as he ‘brings more to the table’, says Bellew

TONY BELLEW has urged Anthony Joshua to be “reluctant” to accept Tyson Fury’s 40 per cent purse split offer to fight him.

The WBC heavyweight champion has claimed he offered his British compatriot a 60-40 split to secure the dream dust.

Anthony Joshua was offered a chance by Tyson Fury to fight for his WBC title

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Anthony Joshua was offered a chance by Tyson Fury to fight for his WBC titlePhoto credit: Getty
Tony Bellew thinks Joshua should be "hesitant" than to accept Fury's terms

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Tony Bellew believes Joshua should be ‘reluctant’ in accepting Fury’s termsPhoto credit: Reuters
The Gypsy King could face AJ at Principality Stadium in November

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The Gypsy King could face AJ at Principality Stadium in NovemberPhoto credit: Reuters

Fury, 34, has thrown a bone at the former WBA, IBF and WBO title holder with an offer of a winter fight following AJ’s back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk.

But the London 2012 Olympic champion has to decide by Wednesday whether to accept the Gypsy King’s terms.

The bid sees the two meet at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in November.

Promoter Frank Warren has stated that should the pair agree to a Battle of Britain fight, they could break previous records by racking up two million pay-per-view purchases.

However, former WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew believes Joshua should not accept Fury’s “lowball” offer as he stated he is still the biggest name in heavyweight.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “AJ is the biggest draw in heavyweight. It doesn’t matter if he’s lost twice, he’s still the biggest draw.

“Yes, he has two losses behind him, but why is he the best fighter in the world? [Fury] call his name? Why does he want to face him? You must ask this question.

“When you start making offers and you’re like, ‘I’ll give you 60-40,’ people like Anthony Joshua don’t bow to other people’s demands because the draw they’re bringing is so big.

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“You can’t beat a guy who generates what he generates. It’s madness

This guy [Joshua] brought boxing to Saudi Arabia. Remember. It has never been there.

“He has a lot of power in his hands. There’s a reason he’s called.

“He has suffered two defeats but Tyson Fury is calling his name. So if you’re reasonable and say that’s 50-50, I think it would be crazy not to take it.

“But at 60-40, if I were him, I’d hesitate because you bring a lot to the table, probably more than the champion himself.

“This guy [Fury] gave up the most prestigious belt of all. He’s no longer the Ring Heavyweight Champion. The reason he gave that up is because he changes his mind every five minutes.

“When Anthony Joshua announces a fight, he’s the biggest attraction in the heavyweight division. That’s why the guys in Saudi Arabia want him.”

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