An ugly war-of-words has erupted between heavyweights Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua after a huge complication in their mega fight deal.
Promoters finally agreed on a site deal in Saudi Arabia, reportedly worth $190 million, and a date to confirm the mega fight between undefeated champ Fury and Joshua.
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However, Only days after announcing the date Wilder won an arbitration case in an attempt to force a trilogy fight with Fury.
The arbitrator, retired Judge Daniel Weinstein, granted an injunction request by Wilder to enforce a provision in his original contract with Fury for a third fight.
Fury's promoter, Bob Arum, claimed he would rather Fury "get rid of" Wilder from the boxing equation, than pay him a huge sum to step aside.
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Now it looks likely Fury will be forced to fight Wilder, before Joshua, despite months of back-and-forth between the camps to get the British showdown organised.
This sparked a furious reaction from Joshua who called Fury a 'fraud'.
“The world now sees you for the fraud you are. You’ve let boxing down! You lied to the fans and led them on,” Joshua tweeted after the news.
“Used my name for clout not a fight. Bring me any championship fighter who can handle their business correctly.”
But this infuriated the 'Gypsy King' who unleashed on Joshua following the accusation.
'Anthony Joshua your [sic] more full of s**t that Eddie, Spouting absolute s***e!" Fury said.
"Your full team knew there was an Arbitration going on, it was out of my hands! But I tell you what if I’m a fraud let’s fight this weekend bare knuckles till 1 man quits? let’s put up 20 mill each!!!"
But Joshua wasn't done.
“If there was an arbitration going on, why announce to the world we are fighting! The fight was signed! UNDISPUTED," he wrote.
“Bare knuckle? You’re a good kid, don’t play with me Luke! I’ll slap your bald head & you’ll do nothing! Waste man.
Fury immediately hit back: “I’ll smoke wilder first then you will get yours as well.”
The 'Gyspy King' went on to claim Wilder turned down the $20 million step aside money so the 'Battle of Britain' could go ahead.
Wilder's trainer appeared to confirm the claim.
“Wilder declined and had no interest in step aside money. Y’all dealing with a whole different type [expletive] over here," Wilder's new trainer, Malik Scott, wrote.
"He want the blood, not that step aside money. Retribution is upon us.”
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