Arbitration on the case started in late 2020, after Wilder had exercised his right for a third fight just over a week after being defeated by seventh-round stoppage by the ‘Gypsy King’.
Initially, a date of July 18 was set for the trilogy, but that date was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic followed by Wilder having to undergo surgery.
Wilder was then prepared to go through with the fight in December, only for Fury and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum to insist that the contractual clause had expired in October. On Monday night, the legal teams were locked in talks without an outcome.
Officials from Top Rank – Fury’s US promoters – and Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel declined to comment. Fury has yet to defend the WBC title and there is even the possibility that he may have to vacate the belt in order to proceed against Joshua, with both fighters likely to earn at least £60 million each.