Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua is OFF after Deontay Wilder’s arbitration case ordered that the Gypsy King must face the American for a third time.
Fury knocked out Wilder last February to become heavyweight world champion for a second time.
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He was contracted to offer his rival a rematch but their July date was scrapped due to the coronavirus crisis.
The trilogy bout was pushed back to first October and then December before it was again postponed, prompting Fury to walk away.
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He turned his attention to fellow world champion Anthony Joshua and their undisputed clash was scheduled for August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
But Wilder disputed Fury’s right to walk away from his contract and took his grievances to arbitration with retired judge Daniel Weinstein examining the case.
He has now reported his findings and ordered a third fight.
The news will come as a huge blow to Nigerian and British boxing fans, who were desperate to see Fury and Joshua do battle this summer.
Fury himself had appeared confident the clash would go ahead, announcing on Sunday that the deal was all but done.
In a video posted on social media he said: “I have got some massive news. I have just got off the phone with Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia and he told me this fight is 100% on, 14 August.”
Fury, the WBC champion, added: “All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I cannot wait, I repeat, cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all-time. This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet Earth. Do not miss it.”
Now, however, it appears the fight will at the very least be delayed, and may not even happen at all.
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