Anthony Joshua ‘stops Deontay Wilder talks’ to resume Tyson Fury negotiations

5 Sep 2023

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As recently as this morning, promoter Eddie Hearn appeared to still be in talks for Joshua to face Wilder in Saudi Arabia, but Tony Bellew claims he could end up facing Fury instead. 

Former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew suggests that Anthony Joshua might prioritize renegotiating with Tyson Fury over a Deontay Wilder fight. Bellew, who has insider knowledge due to his connections with Eddie Hearn and Joshua, hints that the Wilder bout may be on hold. Instead, there are talks of a potentially epic world title showdown in Africa between Joshua and Fury, with Joshua’s family roots in mind.

This development could harken back to the historic “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire.

While Fury and Joshua have agreed to fight in the past, various obstacles, including Wilder’s arbitration win in 2021, have prevented it from happening.