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Talks between AJ and Wilder began after the Brit added Joseph Parker’s WBO heavyweight title to his IBF and WBA belts with the first 12-round victory of his professional career in March.

But progress proved painfully slow with either side accusing the other of holding up the process and making unreasonable demands.

Eventually, the WBA governing body stepped in after running out of patience with talks, ordering Joshua to fight Russia’s Alexander Povetkin or risk being stripped of his world title.

Joshua, 28, will now face the 39-year-old Olympic gold medallist at Wembley Stadium in September, shelving a much-anticipated fight against Wilder until April 2019 at the earliest.

But earlier this week, Hall of Fame promoter Warren revealed he was in advanced negotiations with WBC champion Wilder to fight lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury in December this year.

In an interview with iFL TV today, the 66-year-old revealed how his role in assisting negotiations between Joshua and Wilder led to his decision to accelerate Tyson Fury’s comeback in dramatic fashion.

“I got involved when I was helping them put together their offer they made to Anthony Joshua. That’s how it came about,” Warren told iFL TV.

“I always say if you want to make a fight and the money is right, it is easy to do. There are two reasons you don’t make fights. One, the money isn’t right or two, you don’t fancy it. That is the bottom line.

“Turning down a guarantee of two fights for $80m, guaranteed, tells you they don’t want to fight.”

The surprise nature of the breakthrough led some to speculate whether the fight was being used to heap pressure on Anthony Joshua to take the fight against Wilder in April next year.

But Warren disputed suggestions talks were not genuine and revealed an official announcement could soon be on the way.

“I think it will happen. No contracts have been signed yet but if things are going as well as the way they have been going then I think we will be in the position to officially announce the fight soon,” Warren continued.

“We all want it. It’s a good fight, it’ll be a joint venture with us and Deontay’s team. These are the fights the fans want.

“You’ve got the lineal champion in there, never been defeated, never lost his belts in the ring fighting a guy out there who is undefeated. A medallist for the US in the Olympics, tremendous puncher. This is a big, big fight.

“I think it is the biggest fight of the year. It’s a toss-up between that and the rematch with Canelo and Golovkin, but it is a bloody big fight.”

Fury will take on two-time heavyweight world title challenger Francesco Pianeta on August 18 first hoping to show a dramatic improvement following an average performance last time out against Sefer Seferi.

Warren revealed Wilder will be ringside for the fight after the 32-year-old agreed to join the BT Sport commentary team at Belfast’s Windsor Park stadium.

Source : EXPRESS

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