British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is seeking to ‘have Deontay Wilder step aside’ from their trilogy fight so he can face fellow Briton Anthony Joshua in a mouth-watering heavyweight unification bout.
Tyson Fury, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, and his team have their eye on an all-British contest given a third instalment of Fury-Wilder, which was initially pencilled in for July, is off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Team Fury are said to now be assessing their recourse about whether the fighter can be released from facing Wilder in a bid to provide the lucrative unification bout against WBA, WBO and IBF belt holder Joshua.
Both Fury and Joshua are contractually committed to their next fights – Fury against Wilder and Joshua against Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – but the report details how Team Fury are assessing whether their fighter can get out of his arrangement to accelerate a unification.
Wilder would likely need to be offered a sizeable sum to pass up the opportunity to reclaim his WBC title in a third fight with Fury, having been dominated in their second fight?
Meanwhile, Bob Arum, who co-promotes Fury, refused to quell suggestions that it could be Joshua, rather than Wilder, next for the two-time heavyweight world champion.
“All I’m saying is contracts are contracts, and Wilder has the option for the third fight and he’s exercised that option,” Arum said when speaking with the Telegraph.
“Therefore, while everything is possible, the one thing not possible is to violate a contractual commitment.
“I would say right now there is no chance that Fury would fight anybody other than Wilder next. But, things change. Down the line, who knows? But right now the answer is no. The answer is Joshua has an obligation to fight Kubrat Pulev.”
Also, in response to the Metro report, an official statement from MTK Global, Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions said: “Tyson Fury is the globally recognised number one heavyweight in the world and the current Lineal, WBC and Ring Magazine champion; Tyson is contracted to a third fight with former WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.”
But then, it remains unclear when the public will be treated to the next heavyweight fight amid the wreckage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For now though, fingers remain crossed as the world hopes to move past the virus.