The never-ending saga between Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua has reached another chapter, one that threatens a fight between Fury and Joshua.
According to Chris McKenna of the Daily Star, former judge Daniel Weinstein ruled that Fury and Wilder must have their third fight for the WBC heavyweight title by September 15.
This comes just after Fury posted a video on social media where he announced a fight against Joshua for August 14 in Saudi Arabia. Such a fight would have crowned an undisputed heavyweight champion for the first time since Lennox Lewis more than 20 years ago.
In the video, Fury said the fight was set, calling it the biggest sporting event on the planet.
“massive announcement” FURY VS JOSHUA IS ON AUGUST 14 in The kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The worlds biggest sporting event all eyes on us. @SCEEKSA @gsaksa_en @trboxing @mtkglobal @frankwarren_tv @marbella @wowhydrate #LETTHEGAMESBEGIN #saudiarabia #TYSONOFARABIA pic.twitter.com/ZKIAXLictV
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) May 16, 2021
“Hey there, Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King, here. I got some massive news for you all. I just got off the phone from Prince Khalid from Saudi Arabia. He told me the fight is 100 percent done. August 14, 2021, summertime. All eyes on the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and I cannot wait – repeat, wait – to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all times. This is going to be the biggest sporting event to grace the planet Earth. Do not miss it. All eyes on us,” Fury said.
This comes after Wilder continued pursuing a contractually obligated third fight against Fury after Fury beat him in their rematch in February 2020.
Fury and Wilder had their first fight in late 2018 which ended in a draw. After more than a year of negotiations and multiple other fights in the interim, the two had their rematch in February 2020, which Fury won by TKO.
Once the rematch was over, Wilder quickly enacted a rematch clause with the third bout set for July 2020. However, the pandemic forced that fight to be postponed. Negotiations to make the third fight happen continued months later but went nowhere. As such, arbitration began to resolve the issue and the hope, from Wilder’s side, was that the ruling would be that he had a legal right to fight Fury a third time next and to make sure that fight is enforced.
Unless Fury and Wilder’s camps can work out something that would allow Fury to fight Joshua next, there’s little to no hope in seeing that fight in August.
Camps for both Fury and Joshua tried to make the fight happen for months with varying degrees of progress. Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, was optimistic the superfight could be made, but other people involved in the fight, especially representatives from Fury’s side, were somewhat skeptical.
Although the arbitration was not something that was at the forefront of the Fury vs. Joshua talks, it was something that would always play a factor in some way, shape or form.
If Fury vs. Joshua falls through, what would be next for the two champions? Fury would then likely fight Wilder next while Joshua could defend his WBA, WBO and IBF titles against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.
As of this writing, there is no official word as to who Fury, Wilder and Joshua would face next, with more to come in the following weeks.
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