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    Joshua accepts terms for heavyweight fight with Fury

    AP – The all-British heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could finally be on.

    Joshua’s management team said in a post on Twitter yesterday that its fighter has accepted the terms presented by Fury for a bout on December 3.

    That was made known to Fury’s team on Friday, the 258MGT group said, before both parties agreed to halt communication following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday.

    “We are awaiting a response,” posted the management team, which said it was speaking on behalf of Joshua along with the fighter’s promoter, Matchroom.

    In a video on social media last week, Fury – the WBC champion – said he was willing to offer Joshua 40 per cent of the purse for a title fight before the end of the year.

    Britain’s Anthony Joshua launches a blow at Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk during their world heavyweight title fight at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. PHOTO: AP

    “He doesn’t have any excuses now not to take it,” Fury said. “He can’t say I’ve low-balled him and offered him 20 or 30 per cent. I’ve offered (his) people 40 per cent – take it or leave it.”

    Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said he would be interested in making the fight if Fury’s offer was serious.

    The unbeaten Fury appears to have gone back on his decision to retire in the wake of beating another British fighter, Dillian Whyte, in front of around 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium in April.

    Fury’s hopes of landing a fight with Oleksandr Usyk, who retained the WBA, WBO and IBF belts by beating Joshua in Saudi Arabia last month, were dashed when the Ukrainian said he did not intend to fight again this year.

    Fury turned his sights on Joshua, who said after the Usyk fight that he intended to work his way back up to being a three-time champion – potentially facing opponents in the second tier of the heavyweight division – after losing three of his last five bouts.

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