By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The mega-fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is on the brink of being called off, with alternative opponents for both Britain’s world heavyweight champions already on stand-by.
Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum said on Thursday night: ‘We keep passing deadlines for Eddie Hearn to deliver the deal he keeps talking about and we are out of time. Once again he is saying next week but next week never comes.’
Legal arbitration about Deontay Wilder’s right to a trilogy fight with Fury, who sensationally knocked him out to gain the WBC world title, have been delayed even longer than the Joshua contract but have been accelerated this week in New York.
Wilder is back in training and Arum added: ‘Fury-Joshua looks dead in the water. Tyson has been out of action for too long and has to fight this summer. Who else is he going to fight other than Wilder? A third fight between them is huge in its own right.’
Oleksandr Usyk, the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, is also back at work in the gym as the mandatory challenger for one of Joshua’s collection of belts and is ready to step in against AJ.
Hearn is still insisting that a $150million (£108m) deal for a mid-summer battle between Joshua and the Gypsy King remains in the Saudi Arabia pipeline for this summer, saying: ‘It is definitely, 100 per cent, going to happen.’