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With Deontay Wilder granted his rematch with Tyson Fury, is a Battle of Britain against Anthony Joshua DEAD? Could the Bronze Bomber still step aside? Who will AJ face next? And is the Gypsy King right to be furious over the American’s £14m demands?

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With Deontay Wilder granted his rematch with Tyson Fury, is a Battle of Britain against Anthony Joshua DEAD? Could the Bronze Bomber still step aside? Who will AJ face next? And is the Gypsy King right to be furious over the American's £14m demands?

Tyson Fury and his team avoided the giant elephant in the room for as long as they could. Now its trampled their plans.

What will it cost to sort out? Well it certainly won’t amount to peanuts.

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Fury’s team knew a US judge was reviewing Wilder’s claim of a contractual right to a third fight, but kicked the can down the road and entered negotiations with Anthony Joshua.

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They were confident it wouldn’t be a problem. They were wrong.

Anthony Joshua’s (pictured) fight with Fury has been plunged into doubt due to ruling that Fury must fight Wilder first
Fury was set to meet his British heavyweight rival on August 14 in Saudi Arabia
Anthony Joshua’s fight with Tyson Fury has been plunged into doubt after The arbitration verdict on Monday night was that Fury legally owed Wilder a third fight.

It could well transpire that he owes Wilder a whole lot more than that should he decide to try and persuade the American power puncher to step aside to enable him to challenge AJ for the undisputed heavyweight crown.

Fury claimed Wilder has asked for $20million (£14m) to forgo his shot at redemption. Whether or not that is deemed a reasonable amount to hand over in exchange for free passage to the biggest fight in British boxing history only time will tell.

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It’s a complicated situation with a very straightforward resolution. As Frank Warren said, Fury has got two options; he pays Wilder to step aside or fights him first.

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Here, Sportsmail attempts to explain the messy state of affairs and answer all the big questions.

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Why has Fury been told he has to fight Wilder again?
Because Wilder won a legal judgement enforcing his contractual right to a third fight.

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The Bronze Bomber triggered his rematch clause immediately after his brutal stoppage defeat against Fury last February.

Plans were made for their trilogy fight with an initial date pencilled in for last summer before coronavirus pushed it back.

When the two teams failed to agree on a date for winter time of 2020, Fury abandoned the fight altogether, believing Wilder’s contractual right to a rematch had expired.

Wilder’s slow recuperation from surgery for a bicep injury sustained in his defeat by Fury made it impossible for him to commit to fighting before the contract deadline, clearing the path for the Gypsy King to open up talks with Anthony Joshua.

However, Wilder took his case to legal arbitration in America in November, and US judge Daniel Weinstein ruled on Monday that Fury has to face him in a second rematch before September, plunging his proposed £100million showdown with Joshua into doubt.

Wilder is hellbent on exacting revenge after being demolished by Fury in February last year

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Fury, who destroyed Wilder last February, needs to agree a step-aside fee with him in order to secure his fight against Joshua

Could Wilder still step aside?
Yes.

Talks are underway to reach an eight-figure settlement and figures involved in the discussions confirmed to Sportsmail that they believe a compromise with Wilder can be reached.

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This publication’s understanding is that a step-aside fee could run north of £14million given the strong negotiating position Wilder now holds.

Wilder’s new trainer Malik Scott has however put a dampener on any hopes of a settlement being reached by claiming the former WBC champion is hellbent on exacting revenge.

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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua Will Happen Promoter Warren Vows

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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua Will Happen Promoter Warren Vows

Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has promised to ensure fans’ yearning for a unification bout with Anthony Joshua happens this year telling the BBC that “we will make it happen” in response to fans’ wishes.

All heavyweight titles now reside in Britain for the first time in history after Fury, 31, stunned Deontay Wilder, 34, on Sunday to claim the WBC title.

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Joshua, whose last fight was in Saudi Arabia, holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had earlier stated his wish to make the fight happen in the aftermath of Fury’s stunning 7th round stoppage of Wilder and reiterated his stance on Monday.

“Of course we want to see the fight,” Warren told BBC Sport. “We’ve been trying to make it for two years.”

“Hearn kept saying was it’s got to be 70/30 [the purse] in favour of AJ and so on and so fourth.

“The tables have turned now. I have no problem with 50/50. I think Tyson would deserve more but 50/50, no problem.

“This is about the boxers and more importantly the fans. If they want to see the fight we will make it happen.

“In the meantime, Eddie Hearn is acting like the guy standing outside your house with his nose pressed up against the window and keeps spouting off about Tyson.”

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Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn speaking to Sky Sports on Monday said he would do everything possible to agree a deal, and both sides would be “clowns” and “idiots” if the fight which could be the biggest in the history of the sport failed to hold.

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“Everybody is very clear on this. Everybody wants this fight — Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, Frank Warren, Matchroom,” said Hearn, referring to those involved on both sides.

“There are some hurdles to overcome on the broadcasting, but nothing too much.

“I promise you this fight will happen.”

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Any prospects of a fight between the British heavyweights hinges on the fact Wilder has the option of a rematch with Fury and has 30 days to invoke a clause in his contract.

Hearn says if that happens then Joshua, 30, will face Kubrat Pulev in a mandatory IBF bout, with the promoter in talks to hold the fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 20 June.

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Tyson Fury admits he was ‘wounded’ by Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk with £200m super-fight in doubt

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Tyson Fury admits he was ‘wounded’ by Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk with £200m super-fight in doubt

Tyson Fury was left “absolutely wounded” by Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua relinquished his heavyweight belts following a unanimous points decision at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, leaving the prospect of his £200million super-fight against Fury in major doubt.

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Fury, who fights Deontay Wilder next week, said: “Did I watch the fight? Yes, I did. Was I absolutely wounded that he won? Yes, I was. I was hoping Joshua could win the fight but he couldn’t.”

Joshua is set for a rematch against the new champion in February or March time, with the UK the preferred location for the fight. Victory would inevitably pave the way for the Fury double header.

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But Fury said: “The only thing I’m bothered about is beating Deontay Wilder and that’s the most dangerous heavyweight out there. In my opinion, Wilder beats Joshua, Usyk, all the rest of the division, comfortable but he cannot beat me.”

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Of Joshua’s chances of beating Usyk, Fury said: “My advice to Joshua in the rematch is get stuck in the best way he knows how, put his best foot forward and swing away, Jack, swing away.

“But I don’t care about anybody else – they are not on my radar only the Bronze Bomber aka the big dosser. After him, we will talk, the promoters will do their job, and I will always do mine. When I beat Wilder, I’ll be on to the next one.”

 

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DID ANTHONY JOSHUA JUST ADMIT TYSON FURY IS THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT AROUND?

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DID ANTHONY JOSHUA JUST ADMIT TYSON FURY IS THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT AROUND?

Firstly, the current four-belt world heavyweight champion has some tale to tell about goings-on over the past eighteen months of his career.

From discussions to fight Deontay Wilder for all the top division marbles to an opponent falling out due to failed drug tests for three separate substances. To a shock defeat, a redemption victory, and a subsequent deal to face Tyson Fury – again for every strap on offer – it’s never a dull moment for the Briton.

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But reflecting on his recent spell, coupled with a look back to how far he’s come, Joshua is philosophical about his future.

AJ says he’s in a position far exceeding where he thought he would be at 30 years old.

Winning the 2012 Olympics just a few years after taking up the sport, Joshua still believes he’s way ahead of the game.

On how a loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York, the first of his career had affected him, Joshua surprisingly holds no regrets.

“There were certain things I was talking about perhaps two years ahead of that loss, and the defeat just showcased them,” Joshua told GQ Middle East.

“I know people say crazy things like, ‘Oh, we were planning on that loss,’ but it really was a blessing in disguise.

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“It highlighted everything I had been concerned about. After that it was simple: these are the changes I’ve been talking about, now you need to listen.”

Needing to listen was maybe advice he could have given himself before the Ruiz implosion, Joshua is quite content with how his path has panned out.

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The Londoner even says being considered alongside the likes of his rival and two-time lineal champion Fury, means he’s ahead of himself at the moment.

“I changed everything after that first fight,” says Joshua. “Losing to Andy made me rethink and restructure. I took the positives out of it, but it wasn’t easy.

“My training camp was six weeks of pure hell. I had new team members. I had injuries I was trying to overcome. There were so many different issues.

“But we got there in the end through will, determination, and intelligence.

“Being world champion, with all those knockouts, you do feel kind of unstoppable. But realistically, in boxing terms, I’m way ahead of where I should be.

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“I’m working at such a quick pace. I shouldn’t even be in a position where I’m mentioned in Tyson Fury’s era. He’s five or six years ahead of me in terms of turning professional.

“In fact, when he was turning pro, I was just putting on my gloves for the first time.”

With Kubrat Pulev, a mandatory challenge from the IBF in his future, Joshua is simply waiting for the date to step up preparations.

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The heavyweight clash has already been delayed from June due to the ongoing pandemic.

“I’m OK with (waiting), to be honest,” he says. “It’s saved me weeks of getting punched in the head. That can never be a bad thing.”

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Tyson Fury sets out training rules after offering to coach rival Anthony Joshua

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Tyson Fury sets out training rules after offering to coach rival Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury has told Anthony Joshua he will need to adopt his old school training methods if he is to accept his rival’s coaching offer.

Fury, who defends his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte on Saturday night, has offered to coach Joshua for his planned rematch against Oleksandr Usyk this summer. Joshua lost his belts when he was outpointed by Usyk last September

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For the first time in his professional career, Joshua will change his trainer for a rematch with Usyk. ‘AJ’ has partnered with Angel Fernandez after parting ways with Rob McCracken, who received criticism for Joshua’s approach in his first bout with Usyk.

Fury has now vowed Joshua will have to ditch modern training methods if he wants to partner with him for his next bout. “I’m willing to train him, but he’s got to be willing to learn,” Fury said. “In my world, numbers on a screen on a heart rate monitor are not welcome.

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“You train hard, you put your life and soul into something and you fight until the end. You don’t quit when you get knocked down, you don’t look out of the ring like you don’t want to fight on, you go and throw the kitchen sink when you’re behind in a world title fight.

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“You don’t cruise to a points loss because in my world, getting knocked out in round one is better than losing on points and not trying to win.”

Since teaming up with coach SugarHill Steward for his rematch with Deontay Wilder in 2020, Fury’s style has drastically changed as he focuses on knockouts rather than out-boxing his opponents.

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Tyson Fury said he would coach Anthony Joshua alongside SugarHill Steward ( Image: Top Rank via Getty Images)
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His approach for his fight with Whyte is much the same, as Fury has vowed to knockout his former training partner in what could be the final fight of his career.

Fury thinks that if Joshua could adapt a similar approach to his game, he would “definitely” be able to beat Usyk and become one of the few three-time heavyweight champions in boxing history. “I know that if I trained Joshua – me and SugarHill Steward – he’d definitely beat Oleksandr Usyk,” Fury told BT Sport.

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“That’s a fact and I would be open to doing it. I’d be very open to me and SugarHill training him. I’d do it for free, because I don’t need the money. I wouldn’t take his money anyway, we would take on that challenge no problem.”

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Poll: Will Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua actually happen in 2021?

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Poll: Will Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua actually happen in 2021?

We’ve heard all the talk, all the predictions for who will win when the magical fight happens, but here’s a question: will it actually happen?

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Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have agreed to terms in principle on a two-fight deal that would start in 2021. As of now, it the fight would crown a true, bona fide, undisputed heavyweight champion, the first since Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in 1999, and the first in the era of four belts recognized as legitimate world titles.

But there’s a lot of ground to cover between now and then, too.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) still has to meet Deontay Wilder in a third fight. Though Fury dominated Wilder in their February rematch, Tyson himself will tell you that he cannot take Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) lightly, as no matter what else anyone thinks, Deontay has dynamite in his hands and can knock anyone out if he lands the clean shot.

He may also have to deal with a potential WBC mandatory title defense against Dillian Whyte, but honestly, I’d bet against it; the WBC have been incredibly reluctant to actually give Whyte the fight he’s thought he’s been owed. But it’s not impossible, at least.

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Joshua (23-1, 21 KO) has an IBF mandatory against Kubrat Pulev due, and while the IBF aren’t pushing the issue, them not setting a deadline doesn’t mean they’re going to wait forever, or that they can. Pulev would certainly look to push the issue. There’s also the WBO mandatory, which is Oleksandr Usyk, who does not intend to step aside.

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While promoter Eddie Hearn is right that getting the financial details sorted is probably the biggest step of all, there’s also just the chance that whatever deal is currently agreed to will fall apart for whatever reason. It would not be the first or 500th time that has happened for a big fight.

 

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