Bob Arum says Tyson Fury could face Deontay Wilder again this summer – because he has not heard from Eddie Hearn about the Anthony Joshua fight for a week.
Last week, it seemed the deal was done for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world to be contested in Saudi Arabia in July.
The Top Rank supremo – who co-promotes Fury in the US with Frank Warren – insisted it was just paperwork remaining with representatives from Saudi, with Joshua’s promoter Hearn telling talkSPORT it was agonisingly close to being done.
However, Arum now suggests the fight could well be slipping away and that a trilogy bout with Wilder could be next for Fury.
“Maybe we’ll breathe some life into Wilder, and Fury will fight Wilder and Joshua will fight (WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr) Usyk,” said Arum to BoxingScene.
“Eddie Hearn is busy trying to sell the London Bridge,” Arum added.
“Let me tell you – last time I talked to Eddie was early last week and he said he was going to have a signed agreement from the Saudis in 24 hours. Well, he’s a little late.
“Wouldn’t you be pessimistic if you haven’t heard from him or anybody for a week? We’re the promoter with Frank (Warren) of Fury and we haven’t heard from Eddie in a week.”
Fury has stressed the need to fight regularly this year, regardless of his opponent, having not fought since February 2020 when he knocked out Wilder in Las Vegas.
The first two fights with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ seemed to provide a conclusive result, with the Brit outfoxing and then overpowering the former WBC champion to take his belt.
Derek Chisora has already told talkSPORT he has doubts about the fight taking place this year and Wilder’s return to training suggests he could now get a third fight with Fury.