Any thoughts of a summer showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua may have to be put on hold after promoter Frank Warren revealed that a trilogy fight between Fury and Deontay Wilder has been pencilled in for July at the new stadium in Las Vegas.
Fury dethroned Wilder at the second time of asking last Saturday night as he dominated and stopped ‘The Bronze Bomber’ inside seven rounds at the MGM Grand, and in the aftermath there was a huge push for a long-awaited heavyweight unification fight that would see the new WBC champion take on the other world champion, Anthony Joshua, for all of the marbles this summer.
For that to happen a couple of issues would have to be resolved – Joshua would need the IBF’s permission to abandon plans for a June fight with mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev and Fury would need Wilder not to invoke the rematch clause in the contract for their second fight.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ quickly stated his desire to trigger that clause within the 30-day window however, and despite suggestions that he may have done it to land some ‘step aside’ money in order for Fury and Joshua to meet, it appears as though Wilder is serious about an immediate rematch with his conqueror.
While the former champion has not officially exercised his right to a third fight with Fury, the champion’s promoter, Frank Warren, has revealed that a date and venue has already been pencilled in for the trilogy fight. It will be this July in Las Vegas.
“Deontay has not yet officially invoked the rematch clause but made his intentions very clear and will do so shortly, there’s no doubt about that,” Warren wrote in his column for talkSPORT. “If we’re gonna do it, I’d like to do it over here in the UK, but at the moment it’s pencilled in for Vegas in July. Tyson’s got his eye on the new 65-000 capacity Allegiant Stadium.”
As far as the bookmakers are concerned the good news for fans of a potential Fury v Joshua fight is that the WBC champion is fully expected to leave Las Vegas still the heavyweight champion of the world.
Fury has been installed as a clear 2/7 favourite by bet365, with Wilder 5/2 to regain the belt, and once that fight is in the books, Warren insists he will be looking to strike a deal with Joshua’s camp – as long as the deal is right for them, of course.
“Joshua’s side have been inevitably shouting their mouths off, but this is Tyson’s moment, Warren continued. “Of course we want to make that fight, but both have contractual commitments and fights that have got to be dealt with. They’ve got to satisfy the Pulev mandatory.
“We want to get the fight on, the fight will be on a 50/50 basis and it’s as simple as that. No-one’s gonna duck it. Anthony Joshua needs Tyson, he’s in his slipstream now, he needs him. It’s Fury vs Joshua, not Joshua vs Fury. Joshua’s got Tyson’s belts that he vacated. Tyson’s the main man, but egos have got to go out the window.”
And should Fury and Joshua finally share the ring, the bookmakers expect Fury to be the one who leaves with all of the heavyweight title belts. bet365 has him as a 1/2 favourite, with Joshua at 6/4.