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David Haye believes Deontay Wilder could still manage to wreck plans for Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to unify the heavyweight world championship. Joshua and Fury are set to face each other in the undisputed heavyweight world championship this summer, though a date and venue are yet to be agreed.
However, Haye believes there’s a chance Wilder could still make problems in the works and derail the plans for a unification bout. He told The Sun: “I absolutely believe both fighters want the fight to happen and I am sure there are plenty of offers out there.
“But I have never heard of a long-running world champion – like Deontay Wilder was – not having a rematch clause in place in case he loses. Deontay himself has been very quiet, the team around him have not given much away but I would be very surprised if does not have some sort of impact in the making of this fight or gets something out of it not being him Fury is facing next.
“The pandemic obviously made the third fight very difficult to make but I remember thinking, when the news broke that the contract for it had expired, it sounded strange. I have boxed, promoted and now managed at the top level and I don’t think I have ever come across an expiration date for a rematch.
“I hope I am wrong, I hope the June or July date that is being talked about can be achieved. But I do think Deontay Wilder, or the management or promoters around him, will have a say or something to gain from it happening.”