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Deontay Wilder is refusing to give up on his third fight with Tyson Fury.
That is despite the Gypsy King being on the verge of announcing a return to the ring to face Agit Kabayel on December 5.
Fury's clash at the Royal Albert Hall could be confirmed in the next 48 hours.
Wilder, who lost to Fury back in February, is adamant he should get his immediate rematch for the WBC heavyweight title.
The WBC have approved the third bout.
But Fury's team believe they are free from the contract which enforces that they must meet again.
The American's team are set to request mediation to enforce the third fight.
The contracts will be looked over by a judge who will then give binding arbitration.
Top Rank are adamant they are not legally obliged to a third bout as the fight initially had to take place by the end of July.
They have no concerns this could get in the way of Fury facing Kabayel.
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When Wilder cited a bicep injury, he was given extra time to prepare and an October date was agreed.
But because of the coronavirus pandemic restricting crowds, that date was also shelved.
Fury was happy to wait for a proposed December 19 date but when US TV networks ESPN and Fox vetoed the date due to American football clashes, the British fighter insisted he wanted out.
The Brit isn't keen on waiting until 2021 for the bout as he has been in training since March.
Fury is also eyeing up two fights with WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua in 2021.
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It is also understood the Gypsy King has a lucrative offer to return to WWE and also the potential to appear in a Hollywood movie which he is considering.
Both of those would prove difficult to fulfil if he has to fight Wilder early in 2021.
Any potential Joshua bout wouldn't take place until closer to the summer when a capacity crowd could attend wherever the location of the fight.
- Anthony Joshua
- Deontay Wilder
- Tyson Fury
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