Conor Benn says “no shame” in Joshua taking £15M step aside

Conor Bean says there is “no shame” in Anthony Joshua’s accepting the £15m bid he had reportedly been given to get out of the way for Tyson Fury’s match against Oleksandr Usek, the undisputed heavyweight to be held next.

Ben feels the undefeated welterweight contender makes perfect sense for Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) to accept his £15m, which goes up to $20m, to step aside, especially given he’s had a chance to fight the wrath. Winner -Usyk for all four belts.

Not only will Joshua earn £15m, but he’ll stand a chance of earning £60m if Fury is the one to come out victorious over Usyk.

What is believed to prevent Joshua from agreeing to the stepping aside deal is shame that he will be seen as avoiding a rematch with the IBF/IBF heavyweight champion USIC (19-0, 13 KOs) out of fear .

Joshua, 32, lost a unilateral unanimous decision in 12 rounds to USIC last September at Tottenham Hotspurs in London. The fight wasn’t close due to AJ’s failure to impose his size and power against Usyk.

Connor Benn: There’s nothing wrong with stepping aside

“Anthony Osek, we don’t know if this is happening or not,” Connor Penn told TalkSport.

“Nor are we,” said Gareth Davis.

“How much does it cost first,” Bean said.

“15 million,” Davis said of the side-stepping offer he supposedly offered Anthony Joshua to get off the road to start fighting in Fury vs. Usyk after that.

“So listen, the audience might not want to hear this, but if it was all about the audience, of course I’d get 15 million,” Ben said. “Listen, I’ll put my heart on my sleeve and say what needs to be said.

“If anyone offers me 15 million and I find a big smile on my face to step down and still fight the winner, I’ll tell you now, I’ll get 15 million,” Ben said.

“No one can ever point a finger. I don’t care who you are because you’re not in this situation. Some people spend 20 pounds a day on lottery tickets and then they probably won’t win.

“So when you’re offered 15 million and you can still fight the winner. By the way, guys, you’re obviously the best guy to win, and you’re still going to be in a tough fight,” Ben said from Joshua.

If Joshua stopped thinking about himself and instead focused on letting the boxing fans see the fight they were demanding between Fury and Usyk, he would have no qualms about stepping aside. For now, Joshua is focused on his ego, and doesn’t want to be seen avoiding Usik.

It makes sense to step down for 15 million

“Does that make sense to him as well because of the awkward and confusing rematch he got, Joshua vs Usik?” Davis said.

“Of course, it is. It makes sense, and there’s no shame in taking the 15 million,” Ben said. “I don’t know why people keep saying.”

“I totally agree with you, this is a business move for Joshua,” Davis said.

“Oh, it’s all about the money. You’re not going to spend all that money,” Ben said. “We love to fight, but do you think we’re going to go out there and risk our lives for nothing?” No, we are not.”

“And get a chance to win probably 60 million because you’re up against Fury,” Davis told Joshua probably facing Fury in 2022 after agreeing to 15 million to step aside for the Fury-Usyk fight.

“Step aside,” Ben said, advising Joshua. “If that’s my advice from my advisor, I’ll step aside, no problem. I’ll be out of the house for three years. I’ll come back when I need another paycheck.”

“A big fight at the O2 Arena,” Bean said of his upcoming competition in April in London, England. “It’s been a long time coming this year. Lots of hard work.”

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