Tyson Fury trilogy with Wilder edges closer as WBC agree to sanction title fight

Tyson Fury's trilogy with Deontay Wilder has taken one step closer to becoming a reality as the World Boxing Council have agreed to sanction the bout for the heavyweight title.

The controversial third matchup will take place on a reported date of July 24 in Las Vegas after arbitration brought by Wilder ruled that he was entitled to be Fury's next opponent – ending plans for a fight between the current champion and Anthony Joshua.

A highly anticipated Fury-Joshua fight was signed for August 14 to take place in Saudi Arabia, but that has been delayed due to the ruling which came through earlier this week.

Fury will now fight Wilder for a third time, despite holding a decisive stoppage win over the American, as well as a draw which many fans believe he also won.

And the WBC will sanction the bout for their world heavyweight title, which Fury defeated Wilder for in both men's last outing.

President Mauricio Sulaiman told the Daily Mail: "Yes, we will sanction Fury v Wilder on request.

"We are on board with Tyson and Anthony Joshua for the undisputed title but a fight between our distinguished current and former heavyweight champions is also an outstanding event."

Team Wilder have claimed that he has no interest in being paid step aside money to allow the Fury-Joshua bout, which was reportedly set to net both Brits in excess of £53million, to take place in August.

He has instead opted to force through a third fight, much to the anger of British boxing fans, who were excited to see the two Englishmen compete after years of talk.

Wilder has refused to accept the result of their second bout, and has bizarrely claimed Fury tampered with his gloves – a conspiracy that were it to be true would have to involve members of his own team, the referee, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

He also has theorised that his water was spiked, and also, strangely, blamed his electronic ring walk suit for weighing his legs down ahead of the fight.

Fury's promoter Bob Arum has claimed that the Fury-Joshua fight that was scheduled for August will be moved to November or December while they 'get rid of' the American.

And in the meantime, it appears Joshua will now face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk later in the Summer after initially having sorted a deal with promoter Eddie Hearn to have Usyk fight Joe Joyce for the interim title.

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