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Fury vs Joshua: Promoters confident Deontay Wilder situation won’t block fight

Deontay Wilder and his team may still think they have a claim, but Fury and Joshua promoters don’t seem concerned.


Well, Bob Arum was hoping Eddie Hearn would shut up about the Fury-Joshua negotiations, but Sky Sports went and asked Big Ed if the situation with Deontay Wilder and Fury could be a problem, so Hearn had to answer, right?

Hearn told Sky it’s not on their side, but that he doesn’t expect it to be an issue:

“That’s a problem and a question really for Top Rank and Bob Arum. We’ve been assured by them, that’s not going to be an issue in making this fight. ... That’s a Fury problem, a Team Fury problem. We’re confident that it won’t impact our fight or the announcement.”

Frank Warren, co-promoter for Fury along with Arum, also told Sky he “(doesn’t) believe it will affect the fight,” which is simple and to the point.

If you’ve somehow forgotten, Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) had a rematch clause after losing to Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) last February. And Wilder did exercise that clause, and intended to do the trilogy bout with Fury, or at least that was the working idea. Then COVID came, and every plan or reported idea for a date on the third bout just fell through. By late in the year, Fury wanted to make a WBC title defense in the UK to stay sharp, but that was blocked and the issue did go to mediation.

Since then, not much has happened on that score. Arum has said he thinks the time frame for Wilder to enforce the clause simply lapsed, and he’s been confident that Wilder won’t be able to force the fight legally. And at any rate, Wilder has seemed far more interested in wide-reaching conspiracy theories to explain his loss to Fury, which has also had the probably unintended side effect of exposing his team’s past claims on various topics, and most recently he has sniped back-and-forth with now-former trainer Mark Breland.

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