Tyson Fury to fight Deontay Wilder next and delay Anthony Joshua clash, says promoter
Tyson Fury's unification clash with Anthony Joshua hangs in the balance after the Gypsy King was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder. Fury knocked out Wilder to become WBC champion in February 2020 and an independent arbitrator has ruled the pair must fight again before September 15. An official announcement for Joshua vs Fury was imminent before the shock news broke.
Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking down Deontay Wilder during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder's WBC and Fury's lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
When the fight was further postponed, Team Fury publicly declared the rematch clause had expired and pursued plans to take on IBF, WBA (Super) and WBO champion Joshua.
Matchroom boss and Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has been promising fight fans for months the undisputed bout was virtually agreed, but the ruling in America could now end Fury’s plans to face Joshua this summer.
Arum, who co-promotes Fury alongside Frank Warren, confirmed the ruling was likely to put the undisputed showdown on hold until the end of the year.
"We're not paying Wilder to step aside,” Arum told ESPN on Monday.
"It's better to get rid of him and go about our business. We can make the Fury-Joshua fight for November or December.
Were Fury to push ahead with fighting Joshua next instead of Wilder, a hefty step-aside fee would need to be agreed.
Anthony Joshua stares at Kubrat Pulev prior to the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World heayweight title fight
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Daniel Weinstein, the arbitrator, declined to award Wilder damages and ordered Fury to rematch the Bronze Bomber before September 15, however the former judge also opened the door for the heavyweight pair to agree to an extension.
Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered a site free worth over £100 million to host the fight, less than two years after they staged Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz.
Should Team Fury fight Wilder next, Joshua could be forced to defend his WBO title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, who was willing to wait to fight the winner of Fury-Joshua.