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Tyson Fury hints at Deontay Wilder rematch amid AJ uncertainty

Tyson Fury hints at Deontay Wilder rematch amid AJ uncertainty
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An arbitration decision in America has thrown the all-British contest into doubt.

Tyson Fury has appeared to suggest he will have to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time after claiming the American had demanded 20million US Dollars to step aside and pave the way for a showdown with Anthony Joshua.

Earlier on Tuesday, promoter Eddie Hearn had given Fury's team a deadline of the end of this week to salvage his prospective summer showdown against British rival Joshua in Saudi Arabia.

The contest has been thrown into doubt by a legal ruling in the United States that Fury is contractually bound to fulfil a third meeting with Wilder.

The decision by an arbitrator, which can be legally binding, came just hours after Fury appeared to confirm his clash with Joshua would take place on August 14.

While the decision would not necessarily scupper a Fury-Joshua deal, it would require Fury's team to summon a substantial pay-off in order to convince Wilder to temporarily step aside.

And it would also seemingly scupper hopes that the deal struck by Fury and Joshua could include a clause for an immediate rematch between the pair.

Fury and Wilder fought a split-decision draw in December 2018 in Los Angeles, before Fury won their second meeting by seventh-round stoppage in February last year.

Attempts to secure a third fight were complicated by an injury to Wilder and an absence of available television dates, prompting Fury to move on based on the assumption that any agreement had expired.

Following the announcement of the arbitrator's decision, Fury posted on his Instagram story with a message across a background photo of Wilder with new trainer Malik Scott.

"What a joke @bronzebomber has become. Asked for 20 million to move over #joker," Fury wrote in the post.

"Looks like I have to crack his skull again."

Fury had announced earlier this week that the unification clash was "100% on" for August 14, adding: "I cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all time."

Speaking on Matchroom's social media channels on Tuesday, Hearn had stressed the need for Fury's camp to find a swift resolution.

"We can't wait around," Hearn said. "We had a deal in place with Tyson Fury and we were told the arbitration wouldn't be an issue, that we could move on with this fight.

"They were wrong and that's on them, that's their responsibility and their problem.

"We hope they can solve that problem, but we have to look after ourselves and Anthony Joshua.

"We have to maintain the position of unified world champion, and those talks will continue and we want to be in a position by the end of this week to know, are we fighting Tyson Fury or are we moving forward with another option?"

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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