MORNING BOXING FANS
So, we are now around 36 hours on from Deontay Wilder winning his arbitration case against Tyson Fury to enact a trilogy fight between the pair.
The decision has severely threatened Fury’s plans to take on Anthony Joshua in an undisputed bout in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
It leaves Fury with the decision to either try and reach a financial agreement with Wilder to step aside or fight him for a third time.
And the talk on Tuesday from Fury’s promoter Bob Arum and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn will not fill fans with confidence when it comes to the undisputed clash going ahead.
Arum told ESPN: “We’re not paying Wilder to step aside. It’s better to get rid of him.
“We can make Fury vs AJ for November or December.”
Meanwhile, Hearn stipulated a deadline for Fury’s side and appears to now be turning his attention towards WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.
He told the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel: “I have been focusing on Plan A. The only fight we had our mind on was Tyson Fury.
“We hope that that fight can still take place on August 14. The game changed last night where we have to have a plan B in place, and probably a plan C as well.
“We have a couple of different options; of course, the one that springs to mind immediately is the WBO mandatory of Oleksandr Usyk.
“They have been quite patient and I think really, we are in a situation where if Team Fury don’t get themselves together, get their act together, by the end of this week, we will have no option but to look for an alternative fight.
“AJ wants to fight this summer, Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory, we have two or three other options as well. In an ideal world, if the right deal could be done, to maintain those belts and to keep the Fury fight alive for December, but for the undisputed as well.
“I had a very good conversation this morning with Alex Krassyuk, he is a partner of ours and we have worked very well with Oleksandr Usyk and I was just very honest.
“I said to him, ‘Team Fury are trying to solve the issue, if they don’t, there’s a very good chance we could be fighting you.’”
Stay tuned because it could be another eventful day in the boxing world.