Tony Bellew and Frank Warren argue over what happened to cause Joshua v Wilder to collapse

Tony Bellew came to blows with promoter Frank Warren on TalkSPORT on Monday morning over a contractual dispute in regards to the proposed Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder fight.

The saga between the two heavyweight champions has temporarily been put to bed while Joshua faces Alexander Povetkin but there is every chance they could agree to face each other in 2019.

While both camps have tried to pin the blame on the other for the cause of the talks collapsing, rival promoter Warren has claimed that if Joshua had really wanted the fight he would have accepted the offer from Wilder. 

Warren revealed Joshua had turned down a “guarantee” of at least $50 million for fighting the undefeated American heavyweight champion, with $30 million being guaranteed for the rematch.

“It takes two to make a deal, and if you really want to make a deal, you make it happen,” Warren said – scroll down to see the video below. “That wasn’t the purses. That was the guarantee”.

However, Bellew interrupted, and being a close friend of Joshua’s, was very skeptical of the claim. “It’s all well and good calling it a guarantee, Frank. But if there’s no contract then there’s nothing to sign.

The pair continued bickering back and forward, with Frank at one point stating that he had even ‘seen’ the contract and therefore ‘knew what went down’.

When questioned by Bellew about how he’d seen the contract when he is not the promoter of either fighter, Warren revealed that Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel had actually shown him it – much to Bellew’s disgust.

“Whether he should or shouldn’t, you just asked a question and I told you what was in it,” responded Warren.

Despite the exchange continuing, it did not stop there. Bellew has since taken to Twitter to again question the legitimacy of the promoter’s claims.

“Well it’s quite simple.. Let’s prove who is lying! Show the people the contract you’ve seen,” he tweeted.

With so many different versions of the same story, boxing fans may never find out the actual truth.

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