Battle of Britain on the ropes: Tyson Fury’s heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua is about to be DELETED as the Gypsy King’s camp becomes frustrated with Eddie Hearn’s ‘passing deadlines’ and can instead complete the Deontay Wilder trilogy
- Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury had agreed on a two-fight deal in March of this year
- Date and venue for the first fight, which fans would like to see, has yet to be finalized
- But now the grand plans for the British heavyweight clash are in serious jeopardy
- Bob Arum assaulted Eddie Hearn for the expiration of the deadlines to fulfill the deal
- Alternative opponents wait in the wings for the heavyweight champions
The mega-fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is about to be called off, with alternate opponents for both UK heavyweight world champions already on standby.
Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum said on Thursday evening, “We keep passing deadlines for Eddie Hearn to make the deal he’s talking about and we’re out of time. Again, he says next week but next week never comes. ‘
Legal arbitration over Deontay Wilder’s right to a trilogy fight with Fury, who sensationally knocked him out to take the WBC world title, has been delayed even longer than the contract with Joshua, but has accelerated in New York this week.
Anthony Joshua’s fight with British heavyweight rival Tyson Fury is under serious threat
A two-fight deal was initially agreed between the heavyweight champions in March
Wilder is back in training and Arum added, ‘Fury-Joshua looks dead in the water. Tyson has been out of action for too long and has to fight this summer. Who else is he going to fight against Wilder? A third fight between them is huge in itself. ‘
Oleksandr Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight world champion, is also back at work in the gym as the mandatory challenger for one of Joshua’s collection of belts and is ready to step in against AJ.
Hearn still insists that a $ 150 million (£ 108 million) deal for a mid-summer battle between Joshua and the Gypsy King remains in Saudi Arabia’s pipeline for this summer, saying: ‘It sure will happen 100 percent. ‘
Bob Arum (left), Fury’s US promoter, has criticized Eddie Hearn for not making a deal
AJ’s promoter, Hearn, is confident the heavyweight fight will be confirmed soon
Arum replies, ‘Eddie has only one fight left with his Joshua contract and he’s desperate for this big one. Usyk is a good fight, but not as big as Tyson and AJ. But it doesn’t seem possible now for next year or even the year after. Like Tyson, Joshua has to fight fast. ‘
Hearn protests that he has taken on the workload of finding a country willing to pay a site fee high enough to meet both boxers’ expectations of a hundred million dollar purse, and adds, “A little bit of support would be nice.”
The British promoter of Arum and Fury, Frank Warren, said that when the various, complex tasks of a fight of this magnitude were divided among them, Hearn insisted on handling the site search.
Arum has now discussed a trilogy fight for Fury with American rival Deontay Wilder
Under Arum’s TV contract with Disney’s US giant ESPN, Fury can still expect a hefty pay-night in America against Wilder, with help from BT.
Unless the greatest Briton battle ever can be saved – and then – Sky will have to re-enter the bid for British rights to what might end up as a Wembley blockbuster.
If so, it would delight British fans, even if there will be enormous, widespread dismay at any subsequent delay. Especially if Joshua v Fury never happens.
Oleksandr Usyk is poised to intervene against Joshua when the deal with Fury collapses