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Derek Chisora predicted that Deontay Wilder would quash plans for a Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua mega-fight weeks before it was officially cancelled.

The fan favourite heavyweight, who has fought Fury twice, knew back in April that trouble was ahead despite a £109million ($155m) site deal to host the fight in Saudi Arabia.

Chisora was preparing for a fight with Joseph Parker at the time, which he ultimately lost in a close decision at the AO Arena in Manchester.

And speaking to DAZN, he expressed concern over the legitimacy of the fight, saying: “My opinion, I keep telling everyone, is that you have to understand Deontay Wilder signed a three-fight deal with Tyson.

“Pandemic came, and shut everything down, AJ had his fight with Kubrat Pulev, and the whole hype thing happened with his fight with Fury.

“But don’t forget the three-fight deal with Wilder. It [the Fury-Joshua fight] is not going to happen because he has to fight with Wilder before everything else.

Derek Chisora knew Fury-Joshua would be cancelled
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"So Wilder says I’ll stand aside for 80 million. The fight only happens when Tyson Fury fights Deontay Wilder."

This prediction came true on Monday night, when arbitration brought by the American found that he was, in fact, entitled to a third fight by September 15.

Fury's team acted quickly to offer a step aside deal, which according to Wilder's coach Malik Scott was rejected out of hand despite reported figures of as much as £14m being on the table.

So the Joshua fight was postponed, and Fury now appears to be set to face Deontay Wilder on July 24 at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, which could take place in front of a full crowd.

It's a disaster scenario for British boxing fans, who had been waiting years to see Fury and Joshua square off, and were allowing excitement to build after both sides appeared to have reached an agreement.

In another blow for UK fans, the Wilder fight will likely take place in the early hours of Sunday morning, July 25 – as opposed to the speculated 10pm Saturday ring walk time that was being touted for the August 14 Joshua bout.

Promoter Bob Arum has said that Fury will 'get rid of' Wilder before turning his attentions to a unification with Joshua in November or December, assuming Joshua can get past his mandatory opponent Oleksandr Usyk later in the Summer.