DILLIAN WHYTE is ready to “step up” and rematch Anthony Joshua in December as a super-fight with Tyson Fury hangs in the balance.
Joshua is yet to return a contract sent by Fury’s team for a title tilt at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
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But the WBC champion has grown increasingly frustrated and wanted the deal signed yesterday as he turned his attention elsewhere.
So with AJ still training for a return by the end of the year, Whyte – who lost to Fury in April – has offered himself as an alternate option.
He told Sky Sports: “If the Fury fight doesn’t get made with him and Joshua, me and Joshua can fight in December if he wants.
“He’s training for it, he’s ready for it, he’s willing to take Fury on so if that fight doesn’t get made I’ll step up and take the fight with Joshua.”
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Fury, 34, claimed Joshua, 32, was officially out of the running as he instead turned called out Manuel Charr, 37.
He said: “Manuel Charr, so it seems now that AJ’s finally out, he’s ducked his way out, s***bag, coward.
“And you’re the man that wants to fight and I like that. I like the fact that you’re very vocal and you’re calling for a fight like a real man should do.
“Any man that wants to fight another man should call him out, like as you’ve been doing to me.
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“So, I accept your challenge Manuel Charr, let’s get it on motherf***er.”
But opposing promoter Eddie Hearn insisted there are still details to be ironed out with meetings and negotiations actively taking place.
That is between both Matchroom and Queensberry promotions, as well as broadcasters BT Sport, DAZN and ESPN.
Although Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren also voiced his frustration at a deal not yet being struck.
He said on talkSPORT: “We’ve done all that’s necessary with BT, ESPN and DAZN. They’re all happy.
“We gave them a contract. They’ve had it for two weeks and it hasn’t come back yet.
“Ticketing and the venue is ready to go. We’ve agreed transparency with them.
“Everything in the pot. Everything they needed – co-promotion, the lot – we’ve bent over backwards. We’ve not had anything back.
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“I had a bet with Tyson that we’d get it done in the next few days. He said, ‘No, Joshua doesn’t want the fight’. I’ve lost the bet.
“Joshua said he wanted the fight – so let’s get it done. I don’t understand this.”