Deontay Wilder claims Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury never had contract

Deontay Wilder has rubbished claims of a proposed fight between fellow heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, ahead of his trilogy match with the latter this weekend.

Wilder will take on Fury for the third time in the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the American out for revenge after losing their second meeting last February.

Following the Gypsy King’s win over Wilder in early 2020, the Manchester-born fighter had planned to take on fellow English heavyweight Joshua in what was set to be one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in British boxing history.

However, after talks seemed to progress positively the all-English fight between Fury and Joshua was soon put to one side, as a court order ensured the former must fight Wilder once again first due to a clause in their rematch contract.

Of course that clause was triggered meaning the pair meet again for a third time this weekend, and ahead of the bout Wilder claimed that the Fury/Joshua fight had never reached a contract stage anyway.

He told BT Sport: “The Fury AJ talk, it was never going to happen. They never had a contract to begin with.

“You know it was all propaganda and it was nothing I was concerned about because I knew the truth. Certain fans and people just take the first thing they hear without doing research and they just go away with it.”

The Bronze Bomber went on to add that he always felt comfortable he would get his trilogy fight with Fury, before the Gypsy King would face Joshua thanks to having the contract already signed.

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He added: “People want to be first nowadays instead of being correct. That was the situation and one thing for sure, when you put black ink to white paper it’s sealed you know, it’s called a contract.

“As long as I knew I had that contract and we were going to activate it, there weren't no concerns or worries about the talks. They just hyped people up for nothing.”

The American continued to stay on topic with fellow heavyweight Joshua, as he admitted he wasn’t surprised to see the 3 1-year-old lose to Oleksandr Usyk in London just under two weeks’ ago.

When asked if he was surprised at the result he commented: “I wasn’t at all you know, I wasn’t at all.

“Malik always talks about Usyk and how skilful he is and different things, especially coming from a cruiserweight.

“Styles make fights… and with Joshua he just had his number at that point of time, and I think he’s going to have his number even more so the second time around.”

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