Anthony Joshua has now answered Tyson Fury, after the WBC champion issued an ultimatum if they are to put together their all-British heavyweight battle this year.
Fury called for Joshua to sign the contract by Monday, or otherwise he will walk away from the deal.
The relevant TV broadcasters are meeting on Monday which will be a key point in their discussions.
Joshua took to social media to say: “It’s not in my hands, it’s with the legal team. That’s why you hire lawyers. You know the history of boxing, make sure you get your legal terms right.
“Of course, I’m going to sign a contract. It’s just with some lawyers at the minute.”
Joshua’s representatives have received a contract and talks between the rival promoters are by all accounts amicable. But time is of the essence if a major fight is to be made by early December.
Fury who is blowing hot said “I’m not waiting around for some guy who’s lost three of his last five fights. He’s lucky that I’m giving him a world title shot. If not he’ll have to wait a long time to get another one.
“I don’t want him to start dictating [stuff] to me. He is an invited guest at my party. My rules. So if you want to play the game, come to the banquet and take your seat. If not, go to your own banquet.”
In a direct challenge to Joshua, Fury added “Sign the contract”. “I’m going to smash your face.”
Fury will fight before the end of the year, but the undisputed showdown with WBO, WBA, and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk will have to wait until February of next year.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas, Editing by Omotola Oguneye