Anthony Joshua calls Tyson Fury a ‘fraud’ after referee ruled in favor of Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua has called Tyson Fury a “fraud” in response to the arbitration which forces the WBC and the Ring heavyweight champion to face Deontay Wilder for the third time before September 15.
The ruling, rendered by former Federal Judge Daniel Weinstein, came a day after Fury announced on Twitter that his all-British heavyweight unification fight with Joshua was “100% finished” August 14 in Saudi Arabia. This fight, which would have given the division its first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000, is now in danger of being delayed if Fury cannot get Wilder to agree to postpone.
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) called Fury on Twitter, saying he used his name to influence. He added that he wanted to face a fighter “who can run his business well”.
.@Tyson_Fury the world now sees you for the fraud that you are.
You gave up boxing!
You lied to the fans and led them. Used my name to influence a fight.
Bring me any championship fighter who can run his business well.
– Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) May 19, 2021
Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) is the biggest obstacle between a Joshua-Fury unification match. The former WBC champion issued the injunction on his two-fight contract with Fury after they were unable to schedule a trilogy fight following their February 22, 2020 rematch. Wilder immediately enacted his rematch clause after that Fury clinched victory in the seventh round of the TKO, but they couldn’t find the details amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weinstein denied Wilder damages in his decision and allowed the two to agree to an extension. This keeps alive the possibility of a Joshua-Fury fight in August (British boxers agreed to a two-fight deal in March, which was not signed). Fury in an Instagram story on Tuesday claimed Wilder was ask for $ 20 million to let him fight with Joshua.
“What a joke bronzebomber has become. He was asked for 20 million to get over #joker. Looks like I have to break his head again!” Fury wrote.
That said, US Fury promoter Bob Arum has said he will respect Weinstein’s arbitration and be prepared to delay Joshua-Fury until November or December.
“We’re not paying Wilder to pull out,” Arum told ESPN on Monday. “Better get rid of him and go about our business.”
Another potential fender-bender slowing Joshua-Fury reported WBO request to promoter Eddie Hearn on why the organization shouldn’t order a fight between Joshua and Alexander Usyk, Joshua’s main title contender.