ANTHONY JOSHUA could be frozen out of the heavyweight picture with the possibility of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fighting FOUR times.
On the eve of Joshua’s US debut against Andy Ruiz Jr, WBC king Wilder announced the rematch with Fury is officially set.
Wilder revealed: “All contracts have been signed already it’s officially on.”
The Bronze Bomber first has to beat Luis Ortiz, who was already announced to be rematching Wilder before Fury gets a second crack at the WBC champ.
World Boxing News report Fury, who was unlucky not to get the decision against Wilder in December, will rematch the Alabama puncher in February.
With the score currently tied, a win for either man could set up a trilogy bout later in 2020.
Wilder, as champion, will likely have a rematch clause in his contract, meaning if Fury is to win in February a trilogy will be in place.
Then, depending on the winner of the trilogy bout and the score between the pair, a fourth fight could be made in order to facilitate a deciding showdown.
This could leave WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua frozen out of the picture and forced to make title defences while Wilder and Fury box to determine the winner of their rivalry.
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AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already discussed former undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk being a potential opponent for Joshua once the Ukrainian makes his heavyweight bow.
While Kubrat Pulev – who pulled out of a Joshua fight in October 2017 due to injury – may be called as the Brit’s IBF mandatory.
And Dillian Whyte, who AJ KO’d in seven rounds in 2015, has long been earmarked for a rematch against his countrymen, and could even find himself as WBO mandatory.