Deontay Wilder's camp respond to step-aside money offer to duck Tyson Fury
Deontay Wilder is intent on fighting Tyson Fury for a third time and is not willing to accept money to step aside, according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
It has been suggested that Wilder could accept an offer to not activate his rematch clause against Fury in order to pave the way for the Gypsy King to fight Anthony Joshua sooner.
Joshua, meanwhile, was scheduled to fight Kubrat Pulev, the IBF’s mandatory challenger on June 20, but that has now been postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
When asked about the prospect of Wilder accepting a step-aside offer, Arum told iFL TV: ‘Absolutely none.
‘Wilder wants to fight Fury again. He’s not indicated to us or anybody else that he would be willing to step aside.
‘A further question is who is going to pay him to step aside?
‘And, anyone on our staff has not even raised the possibility with us.
‘So as far as we’re concerned, we’re thinking ahead to a third Fury – Wilder fight.
‘We’re Pulev’s co-promoter and nobody has discussed with us a step-aside [payment].
‘I speak with authority on this because of my relationship with Pulev and my role in Fury and Wilder, there has been absolutely no discussions by anybody about either of those guys [Wilder or Pulev] stepping aside.’
Arum also believes fights that are scheduled to go ahead this summer, including the trilogy fight between Wilder and Fury, plus Joshua’s contest against Pulev, will be delayed.
‘I think scheduling for July is a bit optimistic, I don’t think we’re going to be able to get clearance to have spectators at the event in July.
‘I think that that fight would go over into the fall as well as the Fury – Wilder fight which we’re now looking at October.
‘I think that fights play out the way many people think and Joshua and Fury are the winners, they’ll fight some time next year.
‘No great catastrophe if they don’t fight in December and fight in January or February 2021.’
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