Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s super-fight is now in doubt after a judge ruled in favour of Deontay Wilder’s trilogy with the Gypsy King.
Wilder, beaten by Fury in February 2020, was contracted to an immediate rematch with his heavyweight rival.
But as talks stalled amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Gypsy King’s team claimed the stipulation expired in October.
As a result, they entered talks with Joshua for an undisputed title decider, which was heading for August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Wilder was fighting his case for a shot at redemption with a mediator.
And now the Daily Star, have reported the legal disputed went in favour of the American former WBC champion.
Fury, 32, has been told he owes Wilder, 35, a third fight and would breaching his contract if he failed to.
But according to The Athletic, the undisputed title decider between Britain’s two superstars can still go ahead, but the water has been muddied.
A payout in compensation for Wilder has been thrown out in the past.
The Bronze Bomber is co-managed by Shelly Finkel, Mike Tyson’s former representative, and mysterious mogul Al Haymon.
They have both remained silent throughout the process by Finkel has always reiterated their case was being taken care of in arbitration.
The news comes only a day after Fury confirmed his unification with AJ was set in stone.
Now it is believed he has until September 15 to face Wilder for a third time, the man he initially drew with in 2018.