British heavyweight showdown on the back-burner

23 May 2021 22:35:33 GMTPlus10

A potential mega-fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua looks to have been put on the back-burner as the boxers have taken different paths.

Fury has announced that he has signed a deal for a third bout with Deontay WIlder and the Gypsy King is a 1.33 shot to beat the 3.25 American for a second time, with the draw 23.00.

Fury stopped the Bronze Bomber in the seventh round to claim the WBC back in 2019, and the British banger has announced that he has agreed to fight Wilder, after the American triggered a clause for another clash.

The WBC champ was ordered by an arbitration court to face Wilder next, which pretty much put pay to an undisputed British heavyweight champion, for the time being at least.

Joshua's path is also now set in a different direction, after the WBO ordered the Watford puncher to face their mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.

Promoter Eddie Hearn had asked for a delay in the ordering of the bout, but that was rejected by the organisation and the fighters now have a deadline of 31st May to agree terms.

With both British boxers now tied down to bouts, fight fans are likely to have to wait until at least the end of the year for what would likely be the biggest clash of all time.

Speaking after agreeing to a third fight against Wilder, Fury said: "You're getting smashed. When I say smashed, I mean smash, smash, smash, bang.

"You're getting knocked out. End of. One round, you're going. I've got your soul, your mojo, everything."

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