The former WBC champion and Alabama-born heavyweight Deontay Wilder is still attempting to make the trilogy bout with Tyson Fury happen.
Wilder’s team is believed to have initiated the ‘dispute resolution clause’ in his contract, which in turn would put Fury’s plans for a homecoming fight against the European Champion Agit Kabayel in jeopardy.
Currently, ‘The Gypsy King’ is expected to fight the unbeaten German boxer Kabayel on December 5 at the Royal Albert Hall, but the latest actions from Wilder and his team appear to have thrown doubt on these plans.
Indeed, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ intends to use mediation to make a third fight between the pair happen after all.
This involves a retired judge, who will review the fight contracts between the two heavyweights this week before beginning a binding arbitration per the initial agreement for the second fight back in February, which Fury won via a seventh-round stoppage in Las Vegas.
Speaking to The Athletic, Wilder’s Co-Manager Shelly Finkel said:
“We’re going into it very optimistically this week.”
Fury’s US based promoter Top Rank believe that the rematch clause no longer exists as the contracted bout needed to take place by mid-October.
Fury did initially agree to forgo that and hold the fight until December due to the on going pandemic.
That agreed upon December 19 date was then pushed back again though until 2021.
The Brit has since blamed Wilder for constant date change and claimed that he had ‘moved on.’ Fury is also keen to avoid any delays to a proposed two fight series with WBA, IBF and WBO Champion Anthony Joshua.
The two British heavyweights have already supposedly agreed on the finances for the two bouts, which would determine who would be the undisputed heavyweight champion.
In addition, Fury has also hit back at claims made by his fierce rival that the Brit had used weighted gloves in both their previous encounters:
“First of all it was the suit, then it was the bicep injury, then his trainer was on our team, then the referee was against him, then I had weight in my gloves.
“Now someone has spiked his water. It’s one of those things isn’t it.”
In terms of whether or not Wilder has a case in his attempt to force Fury to honour their original rematch agreement it remains hard to say at this point and will be largely dependent on the specific contract language and ultimately how mediator interprets it.
One thing is however clear, the interpretation would certainly go along way to map out the heavyweight landscape for 2021.
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