As soon as the much anticipated heavyweight superfight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua received confirmation on venue and date, the bout is now under scrutiny as Deontay Wilder has won the legal case for his trilogy fight.
After their initial meetup back in 2018 which ended in a draw, both Fury and Wilder had penned a two fight deal, the first of which took place in February last year with Fury coming out as the new WBC heavyweight champion.
Although Wilder had pushed for a trilogy fight soon after suffering his first career defeat as well as losing his green and gold belt at the hands of the “Gypsy King”, his injuries, as well as the issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Fury and his team to move on from a trilogy fight.
After much back and forth, it was decided that Fury was going to be pitted against Anthony Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titleholder in an undisputed championship fight that would determine the greatest in the division.
Yesterday, Fury himself revealed on social media that the AJ fight was heading for Saudi Arabia on 14th August, even claiming to have received word directly from Prince Khalid of Saudia Arabia regarding “the world’s biggest sporting event all eyes on us.”
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Meanwhile, Wilder and his team activated the dispute resolution provision which was included in the two fight contract he signed with Fury earlier, and the arbitrator presiding over the matter, retired judge Daniel Weinstein, has ruled in the favour of the “Bronze Bomber”.
As per the arbitrator, Fury now must face Wilder to complete the trilogy before moving on to any other fight, and the bout must also take place before 15th September.
On the other hand, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has revealed that his side will have talks with Wilder to let the Fury vs Joshua fight proceed as planned, and a settlement fee is also considered.
“We are hoping that we can come to some accommodation [with Wilder],” Warren said in an interview with talkSPORT, “we have started talks, and hopefully an accommodation will be met with Wilder’s side that will enable Tyson and AJ to get it on. If not, then Tyson will have to fight Wilder. That is the bottom line.”