The mega fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is in doubt after Deontay Wilder reportedly won his arbitration case for a rematch.
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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But in a stunning twist, Wilder has won his 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.
Weinstein ruled that Fury must fight Wilder by September 15.
This prompted uproar after Fury and Joshua had finally agreed on a date for their mega fight following months of back-and-forth.
Though Weinstein’s arbitration ruling is not a court order, it is enforceable by the courts. That makes it likely that Fury will obey the order and fight Wilder, though Fury has yet to speak publicly.
The alternative would be for Fury to negotiate a deal with Wilder to step aside with the agreement that Wilder would face the winner.
But Fury's promoter, Bob Arum, said he would rather Fury "get rid of" Wilder from the boxing equation, than pay him.
"We're not paying Wilder to step aside," Arum told ESPN.
"It's better to get rid of him and go about our business.
"We can make the Fury-Joshua fight for November or December."
Wilder's trainer hits out at promoters
However, it appears Wilder has no intention of stepping aside after his trainer's comment on the ruling.
He claimed they declined the step aside money and Wilder was looking to avenge his loss.
“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.”
Fury took to social media following the ordeal to mock Wilder after the 'Bronze Bomber' came up with many theories to why he was defeated so convincingly in his bout with the 'Gypsy King'.
with Kevin Iole - Yahoo Sport US
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