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Tyson Fury says Deontay Wilder fight is OFF and sends warning to Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury has confirmed that his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder will not go ahead as planned and has vowed to be the unified heavyweight champion by the end of 2021.

The WBC heavyweight champ stopped his American opponent in the seventh round of their rematch in Las Vegas back in February in a destructive and dominant display.

Despite Fury’s clear superiority in the contest, and the clamour to see him take on WBA, IBF and WBO belt-holder Anthony Joshua, the Gypsy King was contracted to take on Wilder for a third time.

That fight was pushed back from July due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then delayed again until October, before being pencilled in for December, just before Christmas.

But Fury says Wilder’s camp have again asked for the date to be delayed, meaning he could be out of the ring for more than a year, and is no longer prepared to wait around and will seek alternative opponents.

‘I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again. A quick and easy fight. But Wilder and his team were messing around with the date,’ Fury told The Athletic.

‘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 ass again.

‘They asked me if I would agree to push it to December. I agreed to Dec. 19. Then they tried to change the date again into next year.

‘I’ve been training. I’m ready. When they tried moving off Dec. 19 and pushing to next year, enough was enough. I’ve moved on.’

With the trilogy fight falling through, the door has been left wide open for Fury to finally take on Joshua in a must-see unification fight to decide the division’s undisputed champ – and the Gypsy King is in no doubt that he will emerge victorious.

He continued: ‘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.’

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