Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight in doubt as Deontay Wilder wins legal case
Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua battle in doubt as Deontay Wilder wins the lawsuit - AFP
Anthony Joshua's mega-fight with Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight title threatens to be canceled after Deontay Wilder wins his civil arbitration for a trilogy fight with Fury.
The verdict of US judge Daniel Weinstein says that Fury will have to fight Wilder for the third time by September 15. Just 24 hours after Fury posted on his social media channels, an all-British blockbuster fight between him and Joshua was nearing its conclusion on August 14 in Saudi Arabia - but the decision threatens the fight in the future .
The Fury team now has to come to terms with Wilder - which could be a big step for Americans, potentially shedding millions of dollars - with the legal teams representing Wilder able to initiate proceedings and issue injunctions which the participating television companies and the sanctioning bodies are involved, which the four belts.
Fury and Wilder have been involved in arbitration for several months, with Wilder's team insisting that Fury adhere to a clause in their contract for a third fight with the Alabaman against which Fury will win the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas in February 2020 won.
Anger dominated the second fight with Wilder - Getty Images
Arbitration on the case began in late 2020 after Wilder exercised his right to a third fight just over a week after being defeated by the "Gypsy King" in the seventh round.
Originally a date for the trilogy was set for July 18, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, followed by Wilder, who had to undergo surgery.
Wilder then agreed to resume the fight in December, only to have Fury and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum insist that the contract clause expired in October. On Monday evening, the legal teams were involved in discussions with no result.
Top Rank officials - Fury's US promoters - and Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel declined to comment. Fury has yet to defend the WBC title, and there's even a chance he'll have to vacate his belt to take action against Joshua. Both fighters are likely to make at least £ 60 million each.
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