The contract has been signed and the ink has dried. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will fight for the third time this summer. In the latest installment of their feud, Wilder and Fury will likely meet at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 24. While this will probably put an end to the back and forth between the two men, it leaves one fighter standing out in the cold. His name is Anthony Joshua.
Prior to Wilder and Fury agreeing to fight in July, Joshua believed he was going to fight Fury in Saudia Arabia. Each camp was set to bring in $75 million and have a shot at heavyweight boxing supremacy. Now, Joshua must find another opponent while Fury gets in the ring with Wilder. With that said, he won’t have to look far.
The World Boxing Organization has demanded that Anthony Joshua fight number one contender, Oleksandr Usyk. Promoter Eddie Hearn asked for an extension, but it was denied. The details of the bout have not been shared, but it appears that a purse bid will be split 80-20 in Joshua’s favor.
“Such calculation is based upon the average purse of each fighter’s last three bouts,” the WBO stated.
The two sides are currently working on a date and location for later in the year. If he does win, Joshua would still have an opportunity to fight Tyson Fury in the winter.