Tyson Fury Reveals He’d Be Sued For $80 MILLION If He Dodged The Deontay Wilder Trilogy And Insists He Doesn’t Think He’ll EVER Fight Anthony Joshua
- Fury Says He Would Have Been Sued For $80 Million Had He Avoided Deontay Wilder
- The Gypsy King takes on the American for the third time on October 9
- Fury was in talks about summer undisputed showdown with Anthony Joshua
- But an American arbitrator ruled that he was obliged to take the trilogy
Tyson Fury has revealed he would have been sued as much as $80 million had he avoided a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder in search of an undisputed showdown with Anthony Joshua.
The Gypsy King was in negotiations this summer to fight Joshua in what would have been one of, if not the greatest British fights in history. However, those plans came to an end when an American arbitrator ruled that the Briton has to face Wilder for the third time.
Fury, who will complete his trilogy with Wilder in Las Vegas on October 9, has now revealed the massive consequences he would face if he chose an alternate route.
Tyson Fury (right) has revealed he would have been charged $80 million had he avoided a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder (left) seeking an uncontested fight with Anthony Joshua
The Gypsy King now takes on Wilder for the third and final time in Las Vegas on October 9
“The conversation was me and Joshua going to fight,” Fury said on Gary Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap. “And all of a sudden Deontay Wilder has filed an arbitration against me from a top judge and the best lawyers in America, so there’s nothing I can do about that.
‘Fair is fair. I’m an honest man myself, and if the shoe was on the other side, I’d want my third fight,” he continued.
It wasn’t really my fault or Wilder’s why the rematch never happened. The world was turned upside down and it didn’t happen because of Covid.
“Suddenly we are in court and he has won the case. The judge said, “Look, fair is fair, give the boy his rematch”, and that was it. There’s not much I can do about that.’
Fury revealed how he lost the case against Wilder in an interview with Gary Neville
The announcement that Fury would face Wilder one more time, rather than the much anticipated all-British match-up with Joshua, was met with fierce criticism.
That included Fury’s father John, who insisted that his son should have left his WBC belt and instead fought Joshua, describing the switching of opponents as ‘devils’ and insisting there was ‘a lot of leaching out there’ to be.
Fury, however, explains that Wilder’s clause was not attached to the belt, but to a third fight between the pair, insisting he would have been charged even if he had vacated his title.
“It’s not the belt, it’s dedicated to me,” Fury said. “It has nothing to do with the belt. I could do that with the belt (kick it away) and suddenly Wilder and I are fighting each other for no belt.’
He continued: ‘Do you know how much the charge was if I didn’t fight him? $80 million.”
Fury believes a fight with Anthony Joshua is unlikely and claims he and his team knew all about the arbitration case
The clash between Fury and Joshua has now been further questioned, with the pair having to overcome their respective hurdles against Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury recently revealed his dream for the next five fights, including a Joshua double-header, after beating Wilder and then Dillian Whyte in December.
However, Fury insists he doesn’t think there will ever be a fight between the pair, and insists Joshua and his team knew all about the arbitration case.
“I was never optimistic about AJ’s happening,” Fury said. “This always happened in the background and they all knew it.
‘Eddie Hearn knew it, Joshua knew it – they all knew it. Suddenly it’s my fault, because I’m as***house, please.’
He continued: ‘I don’t think the fight will take place. We’ve been trying to fight this fight since we were 22 years old and I’m 33 now.”
The Overlap is a new YouTube channel by Gary Neville in partnership with Sky Bet.