It looks like a mega showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury continues to be a pipedream.
The teams of Joshua and Fury had been banking on making a heavyweight title unification bout for August 14. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn insisted that Fury’s team assured him that there wouldn’t be any issue with the Deontay Wilder arbitration. Wilder had been looking to stop the bout from happening as he claimed he was contractually owed a trilogy fight with “The Gypsy King.”
The court agreed as former federal judge Daniel Weinstein ruled that Fury vs. Wilder III must take place by September 15. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Mark Kriegel.
— Mark Kriegel (@MarkKriegel) May 17, 2021
“Breaking: an arbitrator has ruled that Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder must face each other in a rematch by September 15, 2021.”
Some speculated that Wilder may be owed step aside money to allow Fury vs. Joshua to take place. It turns out that won’t be happening. Arum told ESPN that he’s moving on to book the trilogy bout in association with PBC.
“We’re not paying Wilder to step aside. It’s better to get rid of him and go about our business. We can make the Fury-Joshua fight for November or December.”