Deontay Wilder’s ongoing dispute with Tyson Fury won’t affect the latter’s planned title unification clash with Anthony Joshua.
That’s according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn who doesn’t believe Wilder will be able to prevent two Joshua vs. Fury clashes from taking place this year.
Wilder was hoping to face Fury in a trilogy fight late last year only for the rematch clause to expire. With Fury turning his attention to Joshua, Wilder would begin a mediation process but neither Hearn nor Fury’s promoter Bob Arum are too concerned about it.
“He (Arum) is not too concerned,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “He feels like the contract is over.
“There is an arbitration going on in that respect. I don’t see that as an issue. If there is, Fury has to give Wilder some kind of compensation to take these two fights.”
That seems like a small price to pay but even still, Fury is unlikely to do so given all the wild excuses Wilder has made for his defeat to the Briton in February last year.
And as far as Hearn is concerned, he isn’t sure Fury will ever share the ring with the American again.
“Again, I can’t talk on behalf of Tyson Fury, but the vibe I’m getting from everything I’ve seen on social media is he isn’t giving Deontay Wilder another chance or another shot ever after he said what he said,” Hearn said.
“The accusations of him being a cheat. Tampering with his gloves, people putting stuff in his drinks. It was absolutely bizarre. That was actually even more bizarre than 2020 itself.”
Overall, it looks like we’re closing in on the long awaited title unification clash between Joshua and Fury with Arum now expecting a contract to be finalized in two weeks.
The first fight will likely take place in May or June with potential locations ranging from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Singapore, China and America.
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