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Anthony Joshua Hits Back At Reports That He Is 'Close To Accepting' A Step-Aside Deal

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Anthony Joshua Hits Back At Reports That He Is 'Close To Accepting' A Step-Aside Deal

Anthony Joshua has rubbished rumours that he's "close to accepting" a £15million deal to step-aside from his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

It was first reported by The Telegraph, that AJ was on the brink of accepting an offer which would land him a hefty payday if he allowed WBA, IBF and WBO champion Usyk to face WBC champ Tyson Fury instead of him.

It would tee up a truly historic bout to decide who is the undisputed heavyweight king, but Joshua isn't onboard with the idea at all, despite previous claims.

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The man himself has now come out and hit back at the reports, insisting he hasn't even seen this apparent multi-million-dollar contract.

Speaking in a video posted on Twitter by TalkSport's boxing editor Michael Benson, Joshua said: "You know what's mad about all these interviews I see? I see certain interviews that quote what I said and I think to myself: 'I haven't done no interviews.'

"I'm hearing people saying: 'AJ accepts £15m to step aside'. I ain't signed no contract. I ain't seen no contract. So as it stands, stop listening to the bulls**t until it comes from me. I'm the man in control of my own destiny, I'm the man that handles my business.

"I'm a smart individual and I make calculated decisions every step of the way. Don't listen to the bulls**t from other sources. If I tell you something then you know it's real."

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For Usyk, he probably doesn't care who he locks horns with - it'll be a big pay cheque either way.

But for Fury, he looks destined to take on WBC mandatory challenger and former sparring partner Dillian Whyte, although reports suggest Whyte could accept a £5m step-aside fee to allow the unification bout to take place.

"It's a saga but if we can keep things between us, we can get something over the line one way or another," Fury's US promoter Bob Arum said.

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"Everybody in boxing wants to see the undisputed fight between Tyson and Usyk, I want to see it just as a fan.

"So that is the fight we are trying to make."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@MichaelBensonn/Alamy

Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Oleksandr Usyk, Australia

Max Sherry
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