By Michael Benson
Dillian Whyte knows what it takes to negotiate fights with Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
The heavyweight contender has shared the ring with both men in his career, ultimately suffering knockout defeats on both occasions.
When Whyte boxed AJ in 2015, they met for the British title.
When he faced Fury in April of this year, the WBC world title was at stake.
Both times negotiations proved difficult, but the fights ultimately got over the line.
Now, it appears this won’t happen in the latest round of talks for Fury and Joshua to actually face one another.
The Gypsy King set AJ a deadline of 5pm on Monday to sign the contract for a fight on December 3, but as that time passed, no paper was inked.
“Well guys, it’s official, D-day has come and gone,” Fury said on social media.
“It’s gone past 5pm Monday, no contract has been signed.
“It’s officially over for Joshua, he is now out in the cold with the wolfpack.
“Forget about it, idiot, coward, s***house, bodybuilder.
“Always knew it, always knew he didn’t have the minerals to fight the Gypsy King.
Asked for his thoughts on the negotiations, Whyte told Sky: “Tyson Fury is putting a lot of pressure on, not intelligently, he’s just trying to use social media and being a bit silly.
“These big fights take time, there’s a lot that goes into it.
“There’s a lot of commercial things and protecting your best interests.
“These guys are on two different TV stations, there’s a lot that goes into it.
“It’s not just as simple as, ‘Ah, sign the contract you big dosser,’ that doesn’t work.
“But a lot of people just listen to what Fury says.
“That’s not how these things work.
“Big fights take time and you have to get everything right otherwise it can all fall over if it doesn’t get done properly.”