Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight unification bout scheduled for Aug. 14 was forged into doubt on Monday after an arbitrator dominated in favor of former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, forcing Fury to face the American for a 3rd time before Sept. 15.
A day after Fury tweeted the all-British assembly was “100 percent on” for mid-August, former federal choose Daniel Weinstein granted an injunction to Wilder — who initiated the motion — forcing Fury to combat him a 3rd time. The Daily Star (London) was the primary to interrupt the information.
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Fury (30-0-1, 29 KOs) and Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) signed a two-fight deal in 2019, with the latter exercising the rematch clause following his seventh-round TKO loss on Feb. 22, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a number of delays to a 3rd combat, nonetheless; Wilder exercised the dispute decision provision within the contract, triggering Weinstein’s binding arbitration.
In his ruling, Weinstein denied Wilder financial damages, and allowed for each fighters’ camps to conform to an extension, making it potential they may combat following Fury and Joshua’s two-match deal (which was agreed to in March, however not signed). If that have been to be the case, it could doubtless happen after each the British boxers’ fights.
Any extension would additionally doubtless embody a major payday for Wilder, contemplating Fury and Joshua’s first combat features a record-breaking $155-million web site price in Saudia Arabia. That stated, Fury’s American promotor, Bob Arum, stated he would abide by Weinstein’s ruling, doubtless shifting Fury’s combat with Joshua to late 2021 on the earliest.
“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.”
Neither Fury nor Wilder has fought since their February 2020 match. They first fought to a controversial split-decision draw on Dec. 1, 2018; although Wilder scored two knockdowns towards Fury, many thought he had been outboxed all through the 12-round combat. In the rematch, Fury secured Wilder’s WBC and vacant The Ring heavyweight belts with a powerful seventh-round TKO victory.