Undisputed showdown OFF for now with Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk to face Brits next

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Anthony Joshua can't see what makes Tyson Fury so intimidating, says there is nothing to lose from their super fight

Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua is the fight everyone wants to see – but it now won’t be happening anytime soon.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter and the main man behind the proposed heavyweight showdown, had previously said that it was ‘a done deal’ for this summer.

Joshua and Fury were all set to clash this year before their plans were scuppered

Contracts were signed for the undisputed all-British clash at the start of the year and a date and location were even confirmed.

However, Deontay Wilder then won his arbitration case for a third fight with Fury and is now set to be the Gypsy King’s next opponent.

Fury vs Joshua: What we know

Fury and Joshua agreed a two-fight deal with the first supposed to happen in the summer of 2021 and the rematch expected around mid-December or in early 2022.

Promoter Hearn had said the first bout would take place on Saturday, August 14 in Saudi Arabia.

Just as an official announcement was about to made in the middle of May, news emerged that Wilder had won his legal bid in the US for a trilogy fight against Fury.

The pair fought in February 2020, with Fury winning the rematch in impressive fashion and taking Wilder’s WBC belt after their first fight had ended in a controversial draw.

Fury stopped Wilder in their rematch in 2020 to become a two-time world champion

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Fury stopped Wilder in their rematch in 2020 to become a two-time world champion

Fury moved on to pursue Joshua after growing tired of delays over a planned third fight with Wilder with the Brit’s camp believing the contractual obligation they had to give the American another shot had expired.

That proved not to be the case as Wilder’s team activated the dispute resolution provision within the contract and a US judge ruled in his favour.

That ruling meant that Fury vs Joshua could only go ahead for August 14 if Wilder agreed to a step-aside deal.

Wilder will not do that – whatever money he is offered – and an all-British super fight is now off for now.

Fury vs Joshua: What is next?

Fury has now signed his contract to face Wilder for a third time and will take to the ring on Saturday, October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

An original date of Saturday, July 24 had to be scrapped after Fury tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, AJ – the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO champion – is set to face Oleksandr Usyk next.

‘The Cat’ is a dangerous opponent, having moved up to the heavyweight division after becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion.

Their clash will take place on Saturday, September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Should both Fury and Joshua win their blockbuster fights this autumn, talks will begin again over an undisputed showdown in 2022.

Joshua destroyed Kubrat Pulev in December in his last fight and will now face Usyk next


Joshua destroyed Kubrat Pulev in December in his last fight and will now face Usyk next

Fury vs Joshua: What has been said?

Joshua has branded Fury a ‘fraud’ on social media and accused him of letting boxing down over the collapse of their fight.

“Tyson Fury the world now sees you for the fraud you are,” Joshua posted. “You’ve let boxing down! You lied to the fans and led them on. Used my name for clout not a fight.

“Bring me any championship fighter who can handle their business correctly.”

That prompted a response from Fury, who fired back: “Anthony Joshua your [sic] more full of s*** than Eddie, spouting absolute s****!

“Your full team knew there was an arbitration going on, it was out of my hands!

“But I tell you what if I’m a fraud let’s fight this weekend bare knuckles till 1 man quits? Let’s put up 20 mill each!!!”

Joshua responded by calling Fury a ‘waste man’ and vowed ‘I’ll slap your bald head’.

He wrote: “If there was an arbitration going on, why announce to the world we are fighting! The fight was signed! UNDISPUTED.

“Bare knuckle? You’re a good kid, don’t play with me Luke! I’ll slap your bald head & you’ll do nothing! Waste man.”

Fury fired back, insisting he would deal with Wilder again before dishing out some hurt to his British rival.

He wrote: “Not going in to the details on line! You’ll slap me about will you dosser please come and try Bum, I’m waiting… Femi AKA Bottlejob! 24/7 365.

“Ready. I’ll smoke wilder first then you will get yours as well.”

Joshua then had the final word, sharing a video of Fury’s reaction to an incident ringside at Billy Joe Saunders’ recent fight.

Saunders’ dad was manhandled by security, sparking a furious row, as Fury watched on and chose not to get involved.

Joshua wrote: “You’re not about that bare knuckle life. A barrier held you back, not even a bouncer.”

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