In a new twist in the Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight negotiations, it looks like Oleksandr Usyk will be facing Joshua first, before a bout between the two Britishers take place. The reason? – An arbitrator has ruled that ‘The Gypsy King’ must take on Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout before the 15th of September, 2021.
Wilder and Fury last fought in a rematch in February 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fury put on a stunning display to beat Wilder via. TKO in the seventh round, handing the ‘Bronze Bomber’ his first ever loss in his Boxing career.
Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger to the WBO belt held by Joshua!
In the wake of this, Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum told ESPN that, “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.”
Looks like the fight would materialize soon if Fury is taking in up. The ball is on ‘The Gypsy King’s court right now. Plus, Usyk is the mandatory WBO challenger to Anthony Joshua since he reigned as the undisputed cruiserweight champion, before beating Dereck Chisora on his heavyweight debut.
“The one that springs to mind is Usyk” – Eddie Hearn
Eddie Hearn was devastated and dejected on hearing the news. He had done all the hard work, and somehow had the fight happening on the 14th of August. Just when it seemed everything was going fine, he is struck with this. Speaking about this Hearn said:
“Absolutely. I had been focusing on Plan A. The only fight was Fury and we hope it can still take place. The game changed – we have to have a Plan B in place, and probably a Plan C.We have different options.
“The one that springs to mind is Usyk. If Team Fury don’t get their act together by the end of this week then we will have no option but to look for an alternative fight. If the right deal can be done to maintain the belts and keep the Fury fight alive, but for December.” [via SkySports]
Do you think Wilder vs Fury 3 makes sense?