Tyson Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum has revealed that he is “95 per cent” confident about agreeing terms with Anthony Joshua, and hopes to sign a contract within two weeks, despite Deontay Wilder’s attempts to enforce another WBC title fight.
Deontay Wilder, who had suffered a knockout loss to Tyson Fury back in February, has started a mediation process in a bid to gain a third bout, but Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn does not believe Wilder can prevent two huge world title clashes this year.
“He (Arum) is not too concerned,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “He feels like the contract is over. “There is an arbitration going on in that respect. I don’t see that as an issue. If there is, Fury has to give Wilder some kind of compensation to take these two fights.”
Fury issued a statement on social media in response to Wilder’s outrageous post-fight claims and Hearn has questioned whether the British fighter would be willing to share the ring again with Deontay Wilder.
“Again, I can’t talk on behalf of Tyson Fury, but the vibe I’m getting from everything I’ve seen on social media is he isn’t giving Deontay Wilder another chance or another shot ever after he said what he said,” said Hearn.
“The accusations of him being a cheat. Tampering with his gloves, people putting stuff in his drinks. It was absolutely bizarre. That was actually even more bizarre than 2020 itself.”
Top Rank boss Arum is optimistic that he can overcome any remaining stumbling blocks for Fury versus Joshua.
“I think we’ll sort through any issues and arrive at the conclusion, which is the fight that everybody wants,” Arum told Sky Sports.
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