By Mark Elezaj
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of talk regarding the possibility of Fury paying Wilder a step-aside fee so that he can go on to face Anthony Joshua in unification title match later this year.
It has been reported that Deontay Wilder, who suffered his first professional loss to Fury back in February, reportedly wants $10 million and a guarantee that he will face the Fury vs. Joshua winner for him to step aside from a third fight with the WBC heavyweight champion.
Tyson Fury has responded to the idea of paying Wilder a step-aside fee, saying he would rather beat Wilder for a second time in the ring than paying out a lucrative amount of money to the Bronze Bomber.
“I think we’ve got the rematch with Wilder on as well at some point. Then we’ve got two AJ fights, well one and then obviously when I batter him he’ll want a rematch. Wilder’s got a rematch clause. Some newspaper reported that he wanted $10 million to step aside. But I’m not paying him no money to step aside, I’d rather take his scalp again. I’ll beat him in the ring, that’s how I’ll get him out of the way,” Fury said during an Instagram Live interview.
“I wouldn’t pay him $2 million to step aside – I’d rather give him another battering again. I’m going to take him out again for the third time, hopefully at the end of the year, and then we’re going to go into 2021 with the biggest fight in boxing history between two undefeated British heavyweights, me and AJ, and we’re going to battle it out for all the gold.
“There used to be a three-headed monster in this division, me, Wilder and Joshua, and then Ruiz knocked out Joshua, burst that bubble, broke him in, and then I broke in the Bronze Bomber. Three became two and then two became one, and now I’m a standalone soldier. And they all need to come through me now and it’s not an easy task because I guard the gate.”
After Fury stopped Wilder in seven rounds to become the WBC Heavyweight champion in February, Wilder immediately exercised his contractual option for a rematch, which was originally scheduled for July 18 – but due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been pushed back to the fall of this year.
~ The Fighting Voice ~