Tyson Fury opts to delay return to the ring amid Deontay Wilder contract row

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Tyson Fury will not fight again this year after plans for a December homecoming were shelved on Sunday.

The Gypsy King was hoping to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Agit Kabayel on December 5 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Talks have been ongoing for a number of weeks but no deal was agreed.

Now Fury has opted to wait until next year before returning to the ring.

While this week a retired judge in the US will look over the contract for his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

Fury's team are confident the rematch clause from their February fight has expired.

But Wilder's camp do not agree with that reading of the deal and have sought mediation to resolve the disagreement.

The judge will give binding arbitration and Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel is confident the ruling will go in their favour.

It is understood this issue has not been the reason for Fury's December 5 clash against the former European champion Kabayel being shelved.

But it has opened the door to Fury possibly facing Wilder again. The Gypsy King comprehensively beat the American when they met back in February.

Fury stopped the Bronze Bomber in the seventh round to win the WBC title.

But as part of the contract there was a clause for a rematch which was due to happen in July.

Wilder was injured so that deadline was extended to October but then with coronavirus restrictions a deal could not be completed.

They were then pencilled in to meet on December 19 but US broadcasters ESPN and Fox turned down the date because it clashed with key college American football fixtures which would hurt the pay-per-view figures.

Fury then decided to return to the UK for the first time since 2018 and talks started about a homecoming fight as part of celebrations of promoter Frank Warren's 40 years in the sport.

But now fans must wait to see the WBC champion back in the ring.

  • Tyson Fury
  • Deontay Wilder
  • Frank Warren
  • Eddie Hearn

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