Tyson Fury claims his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder is off because he has been wearied by the American's attempts to fix a date.

A Wilder-Fury trilogy has been touted after the latter stripped the American of the WBC title in February's rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after a draw in the first fight in 2018.

Wilder (41-1-1) has the right to a third bout against British star Fury (30-0-1) but, although December 19 was suggested as a possible date, nothing has been finalised.

There have been claims Wilder no longer has a contractual clause for the rematch, which would leave Fury free to face Anthony Joshua instead, but Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports last week: "They are wrong, we will fight in December."

Yet Fury himself claims to be frustrated by attempts from Wilder's camp to push back the date for the bout.

"I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again. A quick and easy fight," he told The Athletic.

"But Wilder and his team were messing around with the date. They don't really want to fight the lineal heavyweight champion. They know how it ends. The world knows how it will end: with Wilder on his a** again.

"They asked me if I would agree to push it to December. I agreed to December 19. Then they tried to change the date again into next year. I've been training. I'm ready. When they tried moving off December 19 and pushing to next year, enough was enough. I've moved on."

Fury is apparently prepared to let Wilder "win a few fights" before facing him again.

He added: "I am the best fighter in the world. The lineal heavyweight champion. The two-time Ring magazine heavyweight champion. The WBC heavyweight champion. And before the end of 2021, I will be the only man on this earth with a heavyweight championship belt."

A deal for two 2021 fights between Fury and Joshua, who regained the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles by beating Andy Ruiz in a rematch last December, was agreed in principle in June.

Deontay Wilder's camp have denied reports a third blockbuster heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury has been abandoned.

A Wilder-Fury trilogy has been touted after the latter stripped the American of the WBC title in February's rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Wilder (41-1-1) has the right to a third bout against British star Fury (30-0-1) and while December 19 has been talked of as a potential date for their next battle, nothing has been confirmed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been claims that Wilder no longer has a contractual clause for the rematch, leaving Anthony Joshua to take on Fury instead.

However, Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports: "They are wrong, we will fight in December."

It comes as Fury's co-promoter Frank Warren raised doubts over the in-demand fight.

"I don't know if that fight can get on this year," Warren told BT Sport. "Promoters on both sides, we have worked very hard to make it happen, but it's looking like it will not happen.

"There's talk about it happening next year. Tyson has been training like a lot of guys solidly since February, and he wants to fight this year.

"My concern is Tyson's welfare and well-being, and delivering what he wants, so he will fight this year. Contractual commitments are what they are, but contracts do not go on forever and if the fight cannot be delivered within the contractual period, Tyson will move on and maybe revisit the fight another time.

"He will be out this year because that's what he wants."

Deontay Wilder has made a bad mistake in ending his long association with trainer Mark Breland, according to fellow heavyweight Dillian Whyte.

Wilder is no longer working with Breland ahead of a third fight with Tyson Fury, with the American's co-manager Shelly Finkel confirming reports of the split to World Boxing News.

It was Breland - a former world champion - who threw in the towel to halt the second bout against Fury in February, as his fighter came under heavy punishment in the seventh round having already suffered two knockdowns.

However, Wilder was unhappy with the timing of the stoppage as he lost for the first time in his professional career, in the process ending his reign as WBC champion.

Yet Whyte has branded his rival an "idiot" for making such a major change to his team, insisting Breland made the correct call based on his own experiences in the ring.

"I think it's the worst mistake he's ever made, because Mark Breland is the only person in his team that actually was a boxer and actually was a world champion," Whyte told Sky Sports. "He was the only person that didn't care about money or fame.

"Someone who was actually from an emotional point [of view], someone who understands, thinking about his health and did the right thing by throwing the towel in, because he could have got seriously hurt.

"He was getting hit with punches that weren't knocking him out, they were concussing him. Mark Breland knows what it's like, because Mark Breland has been in the same position Wilder was in. He's someone that cares about the athlete and the boxing side of things."

He added: "Deontay Wilder is an idiot, he clearly can't see it. Good luck to him, it's his team, he can do whatever he wants.

"But I think it's a bad mistake. Mark Breland is the only one that knows boxing in his team."

Wilder has a rematch clause to face Fury again, though a date and venue for their third clash is yet to be confirmed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Whyte was next in line for a shot at the WBC champion until suffering a shock loss to Alexander Povetkin in September. The pair are booked for a rematch on November 21.

Anthony Joshua described Tyson Fury as "just another heavyweight" and says his rival should consider retiring soon.

IBF, WBA and WBO title holder Joshua has agreed two fights with WBC champion Fury next year to determine the division's undisputed champion.

Joshua first faces a mandatory title defence against Kubrat Pulev at the end of the year, while Fury is set to take on Deontay Wilder for a third time.

Fury won his first world titles in 2015, seven years after turning professional, whereas his countryman needed just three years to make his big breakthrough.

And ahead of their proposed superfights at some point in 2021, Joshua has cast doubt over whether taking on Fury will be the biggest test of his career.

"Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon," he told Sky Sports.

"If he wants to cement his legacy, I'm here and ready. I've built myself into this position.

"I'll challenge Fury, I'll challenge Wilder. These guys aren't the biggest names that I've fought on my record anyway. They are just another heavyweight.

"Look at my record. They are not the best fighters that I have challenged. When they are ready, I'm here to fight."

Fury has won 30 of his 31 professional fights and beat Wilder in February to claim the WBC and Ring Magazine titles.

However, Joshua – with a record of 23 wins from 24 fights – is not fazed about stepping into the ring with the Gypsy King.

"I haven't got fear of Fury – whether he's got a better chin than me, a better jab than me, whether he's all of this stuff that people say," Joshua said. 

"So be it. Let me go in there and prove myself. Show you who I am and what I can do.

"I've fought five champions and been in two unification fights. I'm a two-time heavyweight champion in the space of 24 fights and a [seven-year] career. It shows you I am serious.

"If Fury is serious, I'll take that fight seriously too."

Anthony Joshua will fight behind closed doors this year if he has to, but Eddie Hearn is optimistic there will be a crowd at the O2 Arena for a December 12 bout against Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua's camp continues to negotiate a huge heavyweight unification fight against British rival Tyson Fury, but he first must face Pulev.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the boxing world, yet promoter Hearn is adamant Joshua cannot afford to wait for the crisis to pass.

Matchroom Boxing's Hearn is targeting test events with crowds in the coming months with the aim of getting "a strong crowd" in London for Joshua.

Hearn told Matchroom: "Someone said to me last night: 'Presumably, if you can't get crowds back, AJ won't fight.' No, AJ will fight behind closed doors if he has to this year.

"He must fight. He's progressing as a fighter, he's learning all the time, he's challenging himself. He doesn't want to sit on the shelf.

"We believe through the pilot schemes that we'll run in September and then fans coming back in October, there's a good chance that Anthony Joshua can have a strong crowd at the O2 on December 12.

"That's the target date for that fight. Things are nearly wrapped up with Pulev's team as well for that date. Hopefully we can build towards a massive finish to the year."

That finish could see Oleksandr Usyk versus Derek Chisora followed by Dillian Whyte's rematch against Alexander Povetkin.

Hearn says he is "still grinding away" on the Usyk fight for late October, while the Povetkin bout should be announced for November in the coming weeks - Whyte looking for swift revenge after the Russian veteran sensationally knocked him out at Matchroom Fight Camp last month.

Attention is already turning towards booking the clash with Fury, though.

"Fury against AJ's a must," Hearn said. "I saw the comments [by Fury and his co-promoter Frank Warren], 'they don't want it, they don't want it'.

"You have to understand: why would you not want the fight that's the biggest ever for British boxing history?"

He added: "I spoke to [Fury's co-promoter] Bob Arum. We've been having some deep conversations about that fight all week. Actually, me and Bob are ready to move forward and close that fight now."

Anthony Joshua is confident he knows how to go about beating Tyson Fury but does not expect to face his fellow Brit in a blockbuster heavyweight showdown this year.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, this week stated the English duo could do battle in a much-anticipated unification before the end of 2020, amid talk that Deontay Wilder may pull out of a trilogy fight with Fury.

A fight with mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev is due to be WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua's next assignment, while Fury is contracted to face Wilder for a third time.

WBC champion Fury and Joshua verbally agreed to two fights next year during a coronavirus crisis that has caused uncertainty over scheduling.

Joshua is focused on overcoming his next hurdle in the form of Pulev, but already has in mind how he plans to defeat compatriot Fury.

He told Capital Breakfast: "I've got a winner's head on my shoulders, so I'm going in to win.

"You know, you work Tyson's body, I know certain shots that he's vulnerable to as well, so I kind of create those opportunities as well. With a winner’s head on my shoulders I'll go in there and I'll do whatever it takes by any means really."

Joshua knows both he and Fury have "banana skin fights" to get through before they can finally meet.

He added: "We've got to put them on an equal playing field because if I say 'I've got the bigger test' or 'he's got the bigger test', you never know what's going to happen.

"They're both banana skin fights. It's like 'get past this one then there's the big one next', so this one is just as important as the big one.

"When the time is right we'll fight. We're keen but I've got Kubrat Pulev first which is a mandatory defence, which I have to do. Once I get past that I'm a free agent.

"I'm going to say we'll fight next year but everything else that comes with it, I've just got to put to the back of my mind and just focus on Kubrat Pulev. Once I get past him, hopefully Fury will be the next one in line."

Anthony Joshua could face Tyson Fury in their much-anticipated unification bout before the end of the year, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

IBF, WBA and WBO title holder Joshua wants to complete the collection by adding the WBC belt, which is currently held by Fury following his stoppage win over Deontay Wilder.

The pair were expected to meet in 2021 at the earliest, with Fury facing Wilder for a third time before then and mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev up next for Joshua.

However, Hearn revealed Joshua has not agreed a deal with Pulev and could yet take on Fury should Wilder opt against returning to the ring this year.

"I am the only one that has put [Joshua v Fury in 2021] in writing that the deal is agreed," Hearn told IFL TV.

"So, I have already written to their team saying, 'Just to let you know, we have agreed to the following deal.'

"I didn't actually get a reply, but I believe they do want the fight. So, we're ready for the fight."

He added: "I saw the comments about December. It's all very well saying, 'Well, if that doesn't happen in December, I'll fight you now.'

"We will fight you in December. If the world is ready for that fight, and these offers that are coming in are legit for that period in December, then we don't have a problem going into that fight.

"But [Fury's] under contract for another fight. We're not under contract yet, but we have to agree to terms with Pulev now. We probably will.

"We want to have an undisputed fight. So, by doing that, we fight Pulev, [Fury] fights Wilder.

"If we have to drop the WBO belt, then we worry about that then. But AJ doesn't have a problem with going into that [Fury] fight next. He understands that his obligation is to fight Pulev."

Wilder invoked a rematch clause to face Fury for a third time after losing his WBC and Ring Magazine titles to the 32-year-old in February.

However, a date has still not been officially pencilled in and Hearn has told Wilder to consider retiring if he does not step back into the ring with the Gypsy King.

"If Deontay Wilder doesn't take that rematch, he should retire from boxing," he said. "What's the point? You've been a world heavyweight champion, and now you've lost."

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has confirmed Tyson Fury will have "no restrictions" placed on him as the governing body's heavyweight champion, clearing the way for a unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

Fury claimed the title in February with a sensational stoppage win against Deontay Wilder, though the pair are due to meet again.

The WBC had stated Dillian Whyte would be the opponent for a mandatory defence by their champion in early 2021, provided he came through against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.

However, Whyte saw his title hopes disappear when he was on the wrong end of an upset result, removing a potential hurdle standing in the way of a showdown between Fury and Joshua.

"We don't speculate, but the time limitations which were put by the WBC board, which had Dillian Whyte won, the winner of the third Fury-Wilder fight has to fight without an intervening bout against Dillian Whyte," Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

"That now has changed. Dillian has lost, so there are no limitations at the moment for the winner of Fury-Wilder to do any fight whatsoever."

He added: "In the WBC, there will be no restrictions whatsoever right now.

"An ultimate unification would be something that everyone would like to see. It's a matter that brings boxing to the highest level."

It was announced in June that Fury had reached an agreement over a two-fight deal with Joshua, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.

Meanwhile, in a video posted on social media on Monday, Whyte reiterated his desire to activate the rematch clause in his contract with Povetkin, who was knocked down twice before producing a stunning uppercut to triumph in the fifth round. 

"I'm safe and sound. Congratulations to Alexander Povetkin for a great fight, I look forward to doing it again," Whyte said in the message.

"It's heavyweight boxing - it happens. When you fight good fighters, you win some, you lose some.  

"I'm all good. I'm ready for the rematch, hopefully everybody can get the rematch done for November, December time. I spoke to Eddie [Hearn] this morning and he's on it."

Dillian Whyte is well aware of the dangers posed by Alexander Povetkin but is confident he can deal with the pressure and secure a shot at the WBC title.

Whyte is the governing body's interim champion and is next in line for a shot at the main belt, which is in the possession of Tyson Fury, at some stage in 2021.

However, Fury has a third fight with Deontay Wilder lined up next, leaving his mandatory challenger in need of an opponent as he stays busy ahead of a long-overdue opportunity.

Rather than take a soft option to preserve his status, the 32-year-old will instead take on Povetkin - who has lost just twice as a pro and won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games - in the main event on the fourth and final 'Fight Camp' card organised by promoter Eddie Hearn.

Long-time rival Anthony Joshua will be working for the media at ringside, yet Whyte is only concerned with his next opponent as he has one final hurdle to clear before getting his chance.

"The story of my life has been pressure. It's just another puzzle, another something I have to deal with," he said during a pre-fight news conference on Thursday.

"There is a bit more pressure than usual, obviously, because what's in the future. But that is in the future - I just focus on now and what is in front of me.

"I'm fighting a consummate professional who has been consistent for a long time. I'm not bothered about what Fury is doing or what Wilder is doing, I'll focus on what Povetkin is going to be doing on Saturday. 

"He's probably the most technical fighter I've fought. He's fought a lot of guys as an amateur and is an Olympic gold medallist – he's done it the right way."

Whyte won twice in 2019 despite admitting his mind "wasn't right". However, he has enjoyed an extended training camp in Portugal ahead of facing the experienced Povetkin.

The Russian's only defeats have come against Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, who prevailed on points after the bout went the distance, but a slimmed-down Whyte is happy to test himself, despite the obvious risk for his career prospects.

"I deal with pressure well. I could have had an easier fight, but I'm still learning," Whyte said while chatting to promoter Hearn.

"I had seven amateur fights and 20-odd as a professional, so I'm still working and learning.

"These are the kind of fights you need to test yourself, the kind you need to grow. This is the kind of fight I need, a fight that tests me, that motivates me, a fight that I can learn from, a fight that I need to think more about what I need to do.

"I could have taken an easier fight, one where I know 80 per cent I'm going to win by knockout anyway, but this is the kind of fight I need, that gives it a little extra edge.  

"That's why I've got myself in the kind of shape I'm in."

Tyson Fury has warned Deontay Wilder "I'm not gonna wait forever" amid uncertainty over a trilogy fight.

Wilder has the right to a third bout with Fury after the Briton won their rematch at the MGM Grand in February to claim the WBC title.

December 19 had been talked of as a potential date for their next battle, but no agreement has been reached and Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, said the 32-year-old is not prepared to wait until next year to step into the ring with Wilder again.

With Dillian Whyte able to enforce a mandatory fight for the WBC heavyweight title if he beats Alexander Povetkin on Saturday, Fury is running out of patience with Wilder.

He posted on Instagram on Thursday: "@bronzebomber where you at mush? The clock is ticking!! I’m not gonna wait for ever!!!

"There is other bums in the division that I want to eat for breakfast."

It was revealed in June that Fury and IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua had agreed terms for a two-fight deal.

Joshua was due to put his titles on the line against Kubrat Pulev on June 20, but the fight was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Warren told The Telegraph last week: "Tyson is the fans' favourite and the most famous boxer in the world. I want the best for him. I want him to come away from this sport having been the best of his generation. He has to fight Anthony Joshua."

Warren added: "We talk about the Dillian Whyte fight and all the rest but AJ is the only fight fans are praying for. The fight the fans want is those two facing each other.

"That fight should be in the UK and we should be moving heaven and earth to make it work here. I don't want to take that fight on the road.

"Kubrat Pulev has got a contract to fight Joshua and Tyson will fight this year, but the fight after that should be AJ.

"I hope it's for the four belts, but if it's not, it's not. The belts are fantastic, but if that gets in the way of making the fight happen then forget the belts. At the end of the day, fans will be buying tickets to see these two fighters meet, not the belts."

Dillian Whyte remains unconvinced he will get the chance to fight Tyson Fury, saying the reigning WBC heavyweight champion "talks a lot of rubbish" as he waits for a shot at the title. 

Whyte is the governing body's interim champion, but it remains unclear exactly when he will get to fight the holder of the belt - if at all. 

Fury is set to face Deontay Wilder next, having dethroned his rival earlier this year with a sensational stoppage win. A third bout between the pair is scheduled to happen, though a date for the trilogy is yet to be confirmed.

The winner of that meeting has been ordered by the WBC to next face Whyte, who goes up against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday as he patiently stands by for his opportunity. 

However, the mandatory challenger is not sure Fury will sign up to face him in 2021. 

"One minute he says he will fight me, the next minute he says he won't," Whyte said during a media conference call.

"Tyson talks a lot of rubbish - he just says whatever he thinks.  

"He's someone who doesn't stick to anything he says, he's always saying something today and then something else tomorrow.  

"His mind is like the wind - it changes direction every few seconds."

Whyte has agreed to take on the dangerous Povetkin in the fourth and final event in Matchroom's Fight Camp series, staged at the promotion's headquarters in Essex. 

The Russian has only lost twice in his career - to Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko – but Whyte is prepared for anything Povetkin throws his way. 

"It's a hard fight - no one can ever say Povetkin is an easy fight. We've seen what he does, he’s been consistent for 15 years at this level. He's beaten top guys," Whyte said. 

"He gave Anthony Joshua a problem a year ago, he gave Wladimir Klitschko a problem a few years ago. He's a very strong, very determined guy, technically sound and carries a good punch.  

"People say he's 40, but guys are going on longer and being stronger and fighting a lot better as they got older these days.

"They are probably looking and me and think I make technical mistakes, and other things, I know they think they can beat me and stop me, so who knows what their game plan is? 

"He might come out and try and go for it early, he might and try and wait and go for it down the stretch. I’m prepared for whatever.  

"If it needs to be a 12-round war or a boxing fight, whatever, or a destruction, I'm prepared for whatever."

Anthony Joshua is ready to step in and fight Dillian Whyte if Tyson Fury is unwilling to do so, according to Eddie Hearn.

Already holding the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles, Joshua wants to complete the collection by adding the WBC belt, currently held by Fury following his stoppage win over Deontay Wilder.

That duo are scheduled to meet for a third time, though a date is yet to be confirmed, with Whyte then next in line to face the winner.

However, promoter Hearn has made clear that if Fury is not so keen to make that fight, Joshua is willing to make it happen in his quest to be crowned the undisputed champion in the division.

Joshua and Whyte have met once before in the paid ranks too, the former coming out on top against his long-time rival back in December 2015.

"Looking at the bigger undisputed picture, all Joshua wants is the WBC title," Hearn told Sky Sports News. 

"He was never worried if it came against Wilder or Fury. Whoever owns that belt is who Joshua will face for the undisputed championship. 

"We know the winner of Saturday's fight will be ordered to face the winner of Fury-Wilder. If Fury does not want to fight Whyte, then Whyte will be elevated to champion from interim champion. Now I do not like that. 

"But what will happen? Joshua will fight Whyte straight away for the undisputed championship. 

"You always want to fight a champion. But if Fury refuses to do a fight that has been ordered by the WBC, then he will be stripped of his title. 

"Then Whyte will be fighting for the undisputed championship."

Whyte puts his status as the WBC's interim champion on the line this weekend when he takes on Alexander Povetkin in the fourth and final 'Fight Camp' event to be staged at Matchroom's headquarters in Essex.

Russian Povetkin was stopped by Joshua back in 2018, but that is one of only two defeats he has suffered in a 38-fight career.

Anthony Joshua joked heavyweight rival Tyson Fury "blew his cover" through the pair's chance meeting in Marbella last week.

Photographs of unified IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua talking to WBC king Fury as the latter passed him in a car at the Spanish resort again set tongues wagging over a long-mooted meeting in the ring.

Fury must first come through a third encounter with American knockout artist Deontay Wilder, who he dethroned spectacularly in February, while Joshua has an obligation to IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, who he was slated to meet in June at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua acknowledged a fight with Fury has to happen in the near future and poked some gentle fun at his fellow Briton.

"It's only right that me and him will bump heads soon. We're going to put on a great show for the British public, the world public," Joshua said.

"It's going to be a massive fight. I'm looking forward to it.

"What was cheeky about the situation [in Marbella] was he couldn't even get out of the car and offer me a drink.

"I don't know how he saw me because I had my mask on, my hat on and everything.

"He's obviously got his eye on me. He's probably following me around, he blew his cover!

"All respect to him. He was with his wife as well, all respect to her. They're a humble family."

Joshua attended a Black Lives Matter rally in his hometown of Watford on crutches last month, although he reported encouraging progress from a knee complaint.

"I think you saw I bumped into Tyson Fury last week. I'm on my feet, I'm going for my 10,000 steps," he added.

"I'm in the gym, I'm standing up, I'm smashing the heavy bag, smashing the bag. The knee's good."

Anthony Joshua's world titles could "slip from him again" if he does not take the fight to Kubrat Pulev, says trainer Peter Fury.

The Briton shockingly lost his IBF, WBA and WBO belts to Andy Ruiz Jr in July 2019 before regaining them with a convincing performance in a December rematch.

Joshua's next defence is against Pulev, though a venue and a date have yet to be confirmed due to continued uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic.

Should Joshua come through unscathed, a lucrative unification bout with countryman Tyson Fury is on the cards, providing the WBC title holder defends his own strap against Deontay Wilder.

But Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and former trainer, thinks Joshua can ill afford to look too far ahead.

"Pulev is very cagey and he'll come in top condition as well, and he's really up for this fight," he told Sky Sports.

"He's got a very good jab. He's a very underestimated boxer is Pulev. He's very awkward.

"You've got to break him down and AJ will have to take chances in this fight, because he's not going to just simply be able to land that double jab and right hand on Pulev, no matter how sharp he is.

"AJ has got to take it to him and be explosive, but be clever with it. You have to fancy the younger man, but like I said, you can't put anything past Pulev, because he's a very cute, professional fighter.

"It's not a pushover fight this, it's a serious fight. When people are famous in boxing everyone expects them to win, but it's not the case in this fight.

"This fight is a dangerous fight for him. If he doesn't keep 100 per cent focused, this fight can slip from him again."

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