Fury Vs Joshua Ruled Out Until After Wilder Trilogy Fight

April 9, 2020
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Tyson Fury will not fight Anthony Joshua next despite the coronavirus crisis playing havoc with the sporting schedule.

Fury is contracted to take on Deontay Wilder for a third time but that fight has been pushed back until October at the earliest.

Joshua is due to defend his world titles against Kubrat Pulev this summer but his promoter Eddie Hearn had hinted the pandemic could create an opportunity for the Brits to clash first.

But Fury’s representative Frank Warren has ruled that out.

“There is a contract and both parties are contracted to that fight [the trilogy] taking place,” he told BT Sport.

“I hoped the rematch would happen in July and I expected Tyson to win that and then fight AJ in November or December.

“That was our perfect world until this nightmare descended on everybody.”

Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch in February with the American heavyweight immediately triggering a clause in his contract for a third meeting.

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But although the fight has been pencilled in for October 3 in Las Vegas, Warren admits the date remains flexible.

“They’ve been talking about October but no-one knows what the date is going to be, every country has a different situation,” he added.

“Vegas is completely shut down, the hotels are shut down, casinos are shut down; it’s a complete lockdown.

“They’ve laid staff off so they’ve got to get up and running first and that isn’t going to happen in a couple of weeks.

“When it gets to the stage that people can mix again or go back to work it’s going to take time, and then you’ve got to look at the impact on disposable incomes, will people want to travel, do they have the money to fly?

“In an ideal world we’d love to get it on that date, if not before, but that’s not set in stone.

“The negotiations are done, they were done before the last fight, it’s just getting the date, announcing it and getting the fight on, but at the moment we’re in no-mans land.”

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