Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has urged Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to "hurry up" with their third showdown in order to pave the way for an all-British world heavyweight title unification fight.
Newly-crowned WBC champion Fury arrived back in the UK on Tuesday morning, just hours after Wilder – who he stopped inside seven rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday night – had indicated that he wants to exercise his rematch clause.
Wilder's decision is set to put a Fury-Joshua showdown on the backburner, with the latter set to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles against Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June.
"I'm disappointed, but obviously understand it as well," Joshua's promoter Hearn told TalkSPORT of Wilder's decision to take on the 'Gypsy King' for a third time.
"He was the champion, he's lost his belt and wants to win it back.
"I don't think people want to see the third fight (the first one in December 2018 was a draw). They've had 19 rounds now, I think Wilder's probably won three of them, and in the last fight he didn't win any and he got battered.
"But I understand the contractual position. He does have a right to a rematch clause and it looks like he's exercising it.
"I'd just say 'hurry up please' and do it quickly."
Londoner Joshua reclaimed his titles in December when he outpointed Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia to avenge his shock defeat to the Mexican six months earlier.
Pulev is 38 and eight years older than Joshua, but the Bulgarian has been beaten only once in 29 fights – by Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.
"We just hope they get on with it and get it out the way," Hearn said of Fury-Wilder III.
"We can't get Fury, we've got to fight Pulev and we'll get that out the way. Hopefully Fury can get his out of the way and we can get this done in November/December of this year.
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