TYSON FURY'S undisputed clash against Anthony Joshua looks to be in severe doubt for August with a third fight against Deontay Wilder reportedly being planned for July.
Fury and AJ have been busy plotting their Saudi Arabia straightener since June, even promising a double-header before 2022
But a US judge has now decided, following an arbitration, that Wilder is legally due a third fight that must happen by September.
Fury battered the American to his first ever defeat in February last year to become the WBC heavyweight champion.
There was a rematch clause in the deal that Wilder has refused to give up on despite Team Fury claiming it had expired.
Now Fury's US promoter Bob Arum is planning for Wilder first, to take place at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on July 24.
He told ESPN: "We're not paying Wilder to step aside. It's better to get rid of him. We can make Fury vs AJ for November or December."
Unless Team Fury win an appeal, the only way to secure the biggest fight in British boxing history will be paying Wilder off and, based on earnings from that last Las Vegas battle, that could be up to £8million.
AJ promoter Eddie Hearn has previously claimed that Wilder's legal claim would pose no problem but he has also insisted that Joshua would refuse to contribute anything to the fee needed to buy Wilder out, which SunSport believes Fury will argue against.
But Arum's latest words cast fresh doubt that Wilder can be shifted to one side to allow for the all-British clash.
More to follow…
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