Another unexpected obstacle has cropped up in the much-touted grudge fight between Nigerian-born Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua and his fellow-Brit, Tyson Fury, with an agreement the latter recently signed now the major talking point.
In contrast with previous blockades in Fury’s weight problems, verbal infringements, romance with banned drugs and seizure of his licence by the authorities, the latest loophole in his next fight agreement.
Details of the development indicate that Fury has landed a television deal worth a £80m, but it casts doubt over his proposed heavyweight title mega-fights with Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
It was learnt further that renowned promoter, Frank Warren’s deal with US network ESPN for a string of Fury’s next fights is a huge financial coup but it runs in conflict with TV contracts to which Joshua and Wilder are already committed.
Warren has done the Fury deal in conjunction with his American partner Top Rank and their legendary promoter Bob Arum.
The announcement at the headquarters of BT Sport, who will retain the rights to broadcast Fury’s fights in Britain on pay-per-view, explains the delay in confirmation of The Gypsy King’s rematch of his epic draw with Wilder in December.
A battle between the winner and WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belt holder Joshua to find the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis has been mooted for Wembley Stadium in September.
However, after numerous failures to come to terms with either of the other two top heavies Joshua has contracted with his promoter Eddie Hearn to box on the DAZN subscription streaming network, who will broadcast his title defence against Jarrell Miller in New York on June 1.