FURY V AJ: Showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua off?
The highly anticipated heavyweight boxing match between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could be off this summer with the two Brits having to take part in other fights.
Despite the agreement between Fury and Joshua to fight each other in Saudi Arabia, a court order may prevent it going ahead this summer.
32 year-old Tyson Fury may now have to fight Deontay Wilder after a arbitration hearing concluded that Fury was contractually obliged to fight Wilder for a third time. That fight is due to take place in Las Vegas on the 24th July.
This would mean any potential match-up with Anthony Joshua would have to wait for at least the winter.
‘It is what it is’
Tyson Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum said Fury will ‘take out his frustration and anger on Wilder’. He said there was ‘no chance’ Deontay Wilder would stand aside.
“The judge said he had a right to the rematch and we are going to go ahead with it. It is what it is.
"He will take out his frustration and anger on Wilder and he tells me he will knock Wilder out quicker than he did last time."
22nd February 2020 - Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in seven rounds to become WBC world heavyweight champion.
29th February 2020 - Deontay Wilder announces on Instagram that he has activated a clause in the contract between Fury and himself for a third fight.
10th June 2020 - Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua agree the initial terms of a two-fight deal with Eddie Hearn saying, “The first fight could happen next summer, it will be 2021.”
12th October 2020 - Tyson Fury states he is no longer interested in fighting Wilder a third time amidst the coronavirus pandemic after the latter had to pull out of the initial scheduled bout in July 2020.
30th November 2020 - President of the WBC Mauricio Sulaiman says a fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has his ‘absolute support’
13th December 2020 - Anthony Joshua knocks out Kubrat Palev in the ninth round meaning his clash with Fury would be for all four world titles.
16th May 2021 - Fury announces via his Instagram that a date (14th August 2021) and a location (Saudi Arabia) had been agreed for his fight with Joshua and says it will be ‘the biggest sporting event to grace this planet’.
20th May 2021 - A US court judge says that the contract for a third fight between Fury and Wilder is binding and must take place before 15th September 2021, ruining plans for Fury and Joshua to fight this summer.
There is a possibility that a financial agreement could be secured that would see Wilder step aside but at the moment, the fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could be off.
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