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Tyson Fury looks set to fight Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas this summer instead of Anthony Joshua – and he has reminded his old rival of his many 'excuses' for losing their first fight.
Wilder cited a long list of reasons for why Fury stopped him in the seventh round last time, including some wild conspiracy theories regarding his water being spiked and Fury tampering with his gloves.
The American was undefeated going into his rematch with Fury after the pair controversially fought to a 12-round draw when they first fought back in December of 2018.
Many believed that Fury had done enough to beat Wilder the first time, but the judges disagreed and a rematch was made for February 2020.
Fury – concerned about the judging – opted for a whole new game plan and changed coaches to employ a more abrasive style, which worked as he dropped Wilder twice and won after the towel was thrown in after just seven rounds.
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But despite initially appearing to show respect to his opponent in the ring, the former heavyweight champ began to blame his loss on different factors – starting with a bizarre explanation that his ring walk outfit weighed him down and tired his legs out.
He has since claimed Fury tampered with his gloves – a conspiracy that were it to be true would have to involve members of his own team, the referee, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission themselves – and that his water may have been spiked.
And the current WBC champion has taken to social media to mock Wilder over the various excuses, and tagging the former title holder.
The list includes claims that Wilder has legitimately made such as a "disloyal trainer" throwing in the towel too early and Fury putting "egg weights in his gloves".
The pair appear to be set for a July 24 meeting at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas after a deal for Wilder to step aside could not be agreed.
Now, Bob Arum has claimed that the Fury-Joshua fight that was scheduled for just three weeks after that date will be moved to November or December while they 'get rid of' the American.
And in the meantime, it appears Joshua will now face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk later in the Summer after initially having sorted a deal with promoter Eddie Hearn to have Usyk fight Joe Joyce for the interim title.
Work was said to be beginning on a new stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the unification bout, but it appears that the plan is now being pushed back.