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Billy Joe Saunders explains how Tyson Fury left him 'disgusted' in training

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Tyson Fury took to Twitter on Wednesday to lay out his demands to Anthony Joshua as the pair continue to negotiate a heavyweight fight.

“@anthonyfjoshua will except 40% of our fight & will walk first & be announced first, I'm the biggest fight out there for these guys by double,” Fury wrote.

“U heard it here first. @EddieHearn.”

Fury was criticised for his rather stunning demands - he’s not really in any position to make the first call, let alone demand the majority of the purse - but the fact that he’s pinned it to the top of his Twitter account perhaps proves he’s being deadly serious.

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Fury’s tweet came just days after Joshua said he could give the former heavyweight champion a “warm welcome” back to boxing.

Fury is free to resume his career after he accepted a backdated two-year ban. The 28-year-old tested positive for a banned steroid in 2015, but his return has left Joshua eyeing a bout in the near future.

"When he's ready, I think I'll definitely be here to take the challenge,” Joshua, the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion, told Newsbeat.

Fury trained with Saunders earlier in the year

Among those eager to see Fury back is WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, who took his record to 26-0 with an impressive victory over David Lemieux last week.

Fury and Saunders spent time earlier in the year training in Spain.

What 'disgusted' Saunders about Fury

This was a time when Fury’s boxing career remained unclear and yet his speed on the pads still stunned Saunders.

The middleweight was left “disgusted” when he realised Fury was faster than he was, even at 27 stone.

“When you get in the ring with Tyson, and you see what he does… he came to Spain at 27 stone and he was faster than me,” Saunders told iFL TV.

“And it was just disgusting really, it was disgusting. I was disgusted. He was hitting the pads, and we were on pads, both of us, and he was faster than me.

“And when he gets in that ring, you don’t know what he’s going to… see I say this to Tyson all the time. Tyson Fury has got that much talent that he doesn’t know, but he doesn’t know what he’s going to do himself.

“He’s got that world class talent.

“Have you ever seen a journeyman that doesn’t know what he’s doing but they give everyone a hard fight? He’s sort of that but the opposite. He’s a superstar like that, he doesn’t know what he’s going to do.

“So he could hit you with a jab, turn around… he might even come out and box southpaw for five rounds, just as good as he does orthodox. He just brings something else to the table that I believe no other heavyweight can.

“And he’s got the heart of an absolute lion, and he’s got a good chin.”

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