Frank Warren has admitted Deontay Wilder is in a ‘very good position’ after his legal triumph – and Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua could well be delayed.
Fury and Joshua, who hold all the heavyweight world titles between them, have agreed to meet in an undisputed showdown in Saudi Arabia on August 14 in what would be the biggest all-British boxing fight in history.
But Fury has now been ordered to face Wilder next by a US judge after the American successfully argued he was owed a trilogy fight as part of a contractual arrangement.
Fury famously stopped Wilder to snatch his WBC heavyweight title in February 2020 after their first meeting had ended in a controversial draw.
The pair had agreed to meet again before delays saw the Brit instead chase a showdown with fellow countryman Joshua.
Now, with this legal ruling, Wilder holds all the cards.
He will need to agree to step aside to enable Fury vs Joshua to go ahead – with talks under way with Wilder’s representatives over a huge financial settlement to convince him to do so.
Fury’s promoter, Warren, revealed the latest on White and Jordan and said while he is remaining hopeful the Joshua fight will still take place on August 14, he could no offer guarantees.
“We are hoping that we can come to some accommodation [with Wilder],” he said.
“We have started talks, and hopefully an accommodation will be met with Wilder’s side that will enable Tyson and AJ to get it on. If not, then Tyson will have to fight Wilder. That is the bottom line.
“There has to be some consideration and if we can get to some form of solution and he agrees to it, the benefit to Wilder is if Tyson wins the fight against AJ, then instead of fighting for just the WBC belt he’ll be fighting for four belts.
“It’s a problem and we have to deal with it. If Tyson has to fight Wilder, then that fight [against Joshua] will get delayed.
“We want it to go on straight away. That’s the fight everybody wants to see; we want to see two big British guys in the ring, facing each other. That is what we are working hard, and have been working hard, to make happen.”
“Wilder is in a very good position at the moment, but that’s what negotiation and talking is all about,” Warren concluded.
“We’re trying to resolve it – problems are there to be solved.”
Given how conclusively Fury dispatched Wilder in their rematch, the clamour for a third fight simply was not as prevalent as it was after the controversial draw in Los Angeles.
Fury vs Joshua is the one everybody wants to see – it would crown the first-ever undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in the four-belt era.
But that now appears to be in major doubt.