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Arbitration win for Deontay Wilder may cause issues for Fury vs Joshua

An arbitrator has just ruled that Tyson Fury must fight Deontay Wilder before Sept. 15, 2021, or be in violation of their rematch clause.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury - Weigh-In Photo by MB Media/Getty Images

Tyson Fury recently declared his boxing “super” fight with Anthony Joshua to be “100 percent on,” but he probably didn’t count on Deontay Wilder throwing a spanner into plans.

A fight between Fury and Joshua has been in the works for a while now, with the COVID-19 pandemic slowing things down and complicating the situation. Now, there’s another issue that Fury will have to sort out: a civil arbitrator has just ruled that Fury owes Deontay Wilder a third fight by Sept. 15, 2021.

Fury and Wilder fought to a controversial draw back in 2018. A rematch in Feb. 2020 saw Fury stop Wilder in the seventh round (watch highlights). And while the two had a rematch clause in place for a third fight, Team Fury argued the clause was nullified because Team Wilder wouldn’t agree to a date before 2021.

Now, this probably isn’t going to stop Joshua vs. Fury from going ahead, nor is this the kind of boxing association business that could see Fury stripped of his belts. It’s a civil matter, which means further legal action or a settlement is the most likely route ... a settlement worth millions (perhaps even more than $10 million) for Wilder.

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