Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder mediation talks restart as Bob Arum doubts Eddie Hearn’s Saudi Arabia site deal for the Anthony Joshua fight will materialise

Tyson Fury has re-entered mediation talks for a possible resolution with Deontay Wilder that could lead to a third fight between them happening next, Bob Arum has revealed.

Fury’s US co-promoter has expressed serious doubts over the Saudi Arabia site deal which Eddie Hearn is trying to finalise for Fury vs Anthony Joshua at present, hence their plan B.

Fury and Arum flew to a mediation session this week that could lead to a third Wilder fight
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In recent weeks, Arum has failed with his attempts to stage Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford in the UAE.

Again a deal was agreed with some fight contracts reportedly signed, but the money never materialised and so the entire plan collapsed.

This has seemingly increased his scepticism about Hearn’s deal.

AJ’s promoter insists he is currently in the process of finalising paperwork for a $150million site fee, but this is taking longer than expected.

The difference here is that Hearn previously secured a site fee from the Saudis to stage Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 and so has a positive track record with their representatives.

Hearn is adamant the Saudi deal will get done
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Regardless, Arum is becoming more and more pessimistic as the days go on.

He’s now told Ring Magazine: “If I had to bet whether the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight would happen or not, I would say no…

“As far as I can see, this whole thing with Eddie and [Saudi Arabia] is just a mirage.

“Eddie is desperate, he has one more fight with AJ, and he wants it to be the fight against Fury

“But if a fight against Tyson is delayed, to the winter, then AJ has to fight Oleksandr Usyk, and that’s not that big a fight. Eddie is a desperado here.

“Eddie’s out of time. Eddie hasn’t talked to us for two weeks.”

The rival promoters are seemingly no longer on the same page
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Wilder is back in training

As a result of this, Arum and Fury flew earlier this week to visit the mediator/arbitrator who is ruling over their ongoing legal dispute with Wilder.

When they initially signed for their rematch last year, it was a two-fight deal – meaning the winner would have to oblige the loser with a trilogy bout.

However, towards the end of 2020, Fury’s team announced that – from their perspective – the contract had now expired and so they started negotiating an undisputed fight with Joshua.

Wilder’s team dispute this and have legally challenged it with the two parties awaiting an arbitration ruling.

Mediation previously failed, but it seems Fury’s camp are now restarting talks.

When asked if these discussions could become negotiations for a trilogy bout after all, Arum added: “A switch to negotiation is possible.”