Deontay Wilder demands a $8 million step-aside fee from Tyson Fury and Bob Arum.
EXCLUSIVE: Deontay Wilder wants £17 million in exchange for stepping aside, and Tyson Fury will have to pay that amount if he wants to fight Anthony Joshua next.
Deontay Wilder has told Tyson Fury’s managers that stepping aside so he can fight Anthony Joshua this summer will cost him £17 million. Former judge Daniel Weinstein determined that Fury must rematch Wilder by September 15 after the Bronze Bomber was out of action for 15 months.
Alternatively, if Fury wants to fight Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight world title in the Middle East in August, he’ll have to pay Wilder a sizable step-aside fee.
Fury has always stated that he would like to fight his former adversary again rather than pay a large sum of money to Wilder, whom he thrashed in seven rounds at the MGM Grand in February 2020.
Wilder is said to have told Fury’s team that moving out of the firing line after his successful legal battle will cost £17 million, according to Express Sport.
Plaudits must go to Wilder for continuing to seek the trilogy on what would be his return to the ring and the first contest under new trainer Malik Scott following his split with Mark Breland, despite being schooled and pounded to a pulp in the rematch with Fury.
The Top Rank CEO has previously stated to ESPN that Fury versus Wilder 3 will take place on July 24 at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Fury aims to face Wilder before resuming the all-British megafight with Joshua in November or December, according to Arum.
Fury stated on iFL TV in May of last year, prior to the civil court case, that if ordered, he will fight Wilder again.
He stated, “I’m not offering him any money to move aside; I’d rather take his scalp again.”
“I’ll beat him in the ring and that’ll get him out of the way; I’m not going to pay him £2 million to move aside; I’d rather give him another beating, preferably by the end of .”
Meanwhile, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is willing to give Arum some time to come up with a solution.
Hearn, who has put in so much effort to obtain the lucrative site deal in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”