Anthony Joshua will have to look elsewhere and that’s more likely to be Oleksandr Usyk if his planned fight with Tyson Fury on August 14 failed to hold.
Fury has been ordered by American courts to face Deontay Wilder for the final fight in the trilogy bout.
Fury claimed a historic victory when he stopped Wilder in Las Vegas back in February 2020, 14 months after the first bout controversially ended in a draw where many felt Manchester-born Fury should have won.
The Gypsy king was due to go toe-to-toe with Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 14 even as the kingdom already paid for the cost of around £106m to host the historic Fury-Joshua fight.
Fresh deals will now need to be struck to allow the Fury-Joshua fight to take place, potentially offering Wilder money to step aside and let the battle take place – which could see him than face the winner in 2022.
Joshua currently holds the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles, while Fury took the WBC heavyweight title from Wilder in the 2020 fight in Las Vegas.