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Update: Tyson Fury – Deontay Wilder resolution decision possible by Monday

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By Chris Williams: The Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder arbitration dispute is expected to be completed in the “coming day,” possibly by this Monday, according to Mike Coppinger.

The arbitrator, former judge Daniel Weinstein will make the ruling over the third fight that former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) is owed as part of the rematch clause from their second fight last year in February 2020.

Wilder could spoil the Joshua vs. Fury fight plans

What the arbitrator will decide whether Wilder should receive a trilogy clash against WBC heavyweight champion Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) as part of the rematch clause.

Also, to be decided is whether Wilder will receive award damages and if Fury can move on without giving him his third fight.

It isn’t easy to imagine the referee allowing Fury to circumvent the contractual rematch with Wilder, but you never know.

Not surprisingly, Fury wants to move on to face IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) in a lucrative unification clash on August 14th in Saudi Arabia.

Money talks, and there’s a heck of a lot more green for Fury facing AJ than fighting Wilder and totally getting put to sleep again.

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The judge set to rule on Fury – Wilder arbitration

“Sources: Resolution expected in Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder arbitration in coming days, potentially by Monday. The dispute surrounds the rematch clause: is Wilder owed a third fight?

Former judge Daniel Weinstein will rule. Will Wilder be awarded damages? Will Fury simply move on?” said @MikeCoppinger.

“This goes on, of course, against the backdrop of efforts to finalize Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua for early August in Saudi Arabia, with Aug. 14 in Riyadh being eyed, per sources.”

Fury could potentially make $100 milion+ for the Joshua fight, which will likely greatly surpass what he’d get facing Wilder in a dangerous trilogy match.

The money Fury will get battling Wilder in a third clash would be huge, but not on the level of the $100M+ that he can scoop up facing Joshua.

Moreover, fighting Wilder would be risky for Fury, especially with his recently injured right bicep having been repaired through surgery.

Last year, Fury fought an injured Wilder, whose right arm wasn’t at full strength. Now that Wilder’s right arm is at 100% and looking as devastatingly powerful as before, Fury would be dealing with a dangerous fight.

It’s not just the fight itself that would be the issue for Fury. He clearly doesn’t want to risk the colossal $100M+ payday he’ll be getting fighting Joshua in August.

We’ve already seen what Wilder can do to Fury in their first fight in 2018 when a healthy ‘Bronze Bomber’ knocked ‘The Gypsy King’ out cold in the 12th round.

That was an incredibly comical sight in which the referee unbelievably gave Fury a count while he was unconscious on the canvas, which looked not only strange but totally out of place with how boxing matches are conducted in the 21st century.

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When fighters are knocked cold in this era, the referees stop the fights at once. In the case of the first Wilder-Fury fight, the referee counted when Fury was poleaxed in the 12th and put to sleep.

Will Deontay be given a step aside fee?

Fury can certainly still move on if the arbitrator decides against him, but he would likely need to give Wilder a step aside fee. It could be millions, and he would still likely need to fight him after he faces Joshua.

Some boxing fans believe the whole reason why Fury chose not to give Wilder his contractual rematch last year is because of his worry about getting knocked out and the fight actually being stopped this time, which would have temporarily wrecked his dreams of fighting Joshua.

I mean, Fury could have still fought Joshua, but he would have done it coming off a knockout defeat rather than a win.

Hence, that’s what many fans believe is behind Fury NOT giving Wilder his rematch, and instead of moving in the opposite direction towards a big payday against Joshua.

In other words, they see it as a business move on Fury’s part in choosing not to take the risky fight with Wilder.


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