TYSON FURY has hit out at Anthony Joshua for failing to meet Deontay Wilder in the ring – something he himself did on Saturday night.
Fury beat Francesco Pianeta on points, his second win of 2018, on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s victory over Luke Jackson.
The Brit was then joined in the ring by WBC heavyweight champion Wilder and they confirmed they would fight in Las Vegas later this year.
November 17 is expected to be confirmed as the date at a formal announcement in London on Monday.
Wilder had been in talks with Joshua over a bout that would have unified the four heavyweight titles and created an undisputed champion.
But negotiations broke down with the American claiming he had offered Joshua more than £60million guaranteed over two fights, if he agreed to travel across the Atlantic.
And Fury believes the WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua was scared of Wilder and will try to avoid fighting him too.
Fury has won both of his fights so far this year, signalling a successful comeback from more than two years out of the ring.
The “Gypsy King” has had problems with depression and cocaine use but believes he is close to full fitness again.
Fury will now face a significant step up in quality after tune-up fights against Sefer Seferi and Pianeta.
And the 30-year-old even admitted that he would rather have had one more against weaker opposition before facing Wilder.