Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and his team will be taking the reigning champ Tyson Fury to a mediation, where they hope to enforce the contractual right to their third fight with the Brit, according to Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel.
Finkel is looking to take the route, both teams should have taken long before the relationship between the team’s got sour. As written in the contract. According to the contract, the teams will have to call for a mediation ones there is a dispute and will only have to go to binding arbitration, if they fail to settle their differences.
“In our contract, if there is a dispute it goes to mediation and that’s what’s going to happen,” Finkel said. “And (then) binding arbitration if mediation is unsuccessful.”
Finkel disclosed the mediation should begin this week where the representatives of Fury, The Mediator and Wilder team will come together. However, he didn’t give out the exact time and date for the meeting, which the Top Rank Boss Bob Arum believe, they are entitled to.
“It’s ludicrous but everybody is entitled,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Fury’s co-promoter, told BoxingScene. “(Donald) Trump is entitled to contest the election. Finkel is entitled to contest the contract. It is what it is.”
The big issue here remains, if Fury is still contractually obligated to face Wilder despite being delayed beyond their expected meeting time frame. They both battled to a slit draw in their first meeting back in 2018 but Fury was able to dominate Wilder, with a one sided beating and stopped him in the seventh round of their rematch back in February 22md.
After the loss, Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) immediately activated the rematch clause which gave both teams the deadline of July with 90 more days allowance in case of injuries but before July, Wilder had a surgery and due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the fight was pushed to October, which still fell in the 90 day time frame. However, the fight got postponed again to Dec. 19th due to pandemic.
The postponement was approved by Fury and his team but when alerts from the Broadcast network ESPN popped in, with College Football and other events set to disrupt the date and making it no longer available. Fury decided to call off the fight as He can wait till 2020 to defend the title. He instead began preparations for a defence against former European champion Agit Kabayel (20-0, 13 KOs).
The Mediation was first reported by the Athletic and according to Finkel, the cut off date which he declined to give, was the main reason for the Mediation.