The third battle between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will take place later this year, scuppering any plans Anthony Joshua had of securing a British super-fight.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had been looking into the possibility of laying out a huge step-aside fee for Wilder, who has a clause in his contract for a third battle with Fury.
Wilder was defeated in seven rounds by Fury when out-of-sorts at the MGM Grand on Saturday and has already stated his intentions to invoke that stipulation.
Add to that the fact Joshua has a mandatory against Bob Arum and Top Rank-promoted Kubrat Pulev and there’s zero chance of a Fury bout in the coming months.
WBN has been consistently updated with goings-on by Wilder co-manager Shelly Finkel, with Arum also stating his intention for Pulev to take the Joshua clash to an IBF purse bid.
More will come to light on March 3rd when the all-important process takes place, which means Joshua is completely tied up anyway
Fury agreed to a trilogy when signing on the dotted line for his triumphant rematch with Wilder, and as Arum confirmed to WBN, ‘The Gypsy King’ fully intends to honor his signature.
“What’s happening at the moment is that Fury has a contract with Wilder,” Arum exclusively told World Boxing News. “Wilder, unless he opts out, has the absolute right to call for the third fight based on a 60-40 split.
“As far as Fury is concerned, and as far as Top Rank are concerned, we are men of our word. We have a contract and we are not running off to fight somebody else.
“We are not breaking the contract and we are going to honor that contract with Wilder.”
On the Las Vegas leg being a one-sided affair, Arum shrugged off calls on social media for Fury to skip another meeting with the ‘Bronze Bomber’.
“I think Wilder will give a much better performance in this fight than he did in the last fight,” predicted Arum. “But that’s it. End of Fury (vs Joshua) talk.”
Asked about UK rival Hearn using several media outlets to bang the drum for Fury vs Joshua immediately, Arum was non-plussed by the Essex man’s continued efforts.
“At best, Eddie Hearn can only talk about one part of any fight (between Fury and Joshua). And that’s only if Joshua fights and beats Pulev.
“But again, Eddie is not talking for us. Frank Warren and myself are the promoters of Fury and we will sit down when the appropriate time happens and work out the deal.”