Deontay Wilder declines step aside for Tyson Fury fight

By Boxing News - 05/18/2021 - Comments

By Charles Brun: Deontay Wilder has rejected the step aside money and plans to take the fight with Tyson Fury. Wilder “wants the blood” from Fury, not the money, according to Malik.

Oh well, Fury’s management can’t say they didn’t try to salvage the Anthony Joshua fight, but sometimes there are things money can’t buy.

Wilder’s rejection of a step aside deals means that Fury won’t be facing Joshua on August 14th in Saudi Arabia, which will disappoint many boxing fans.

The former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder wants “retribution” against Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) to pay him back for his loss against him a year ago.

Fury and his management at Top Rank have obviously overlooked the possibility that he would lose his arbitration hearing with Wilder when they chose to schedule a fight with Joshua.

Deontay wants blood!

“Wilder declined and had no interest in step-aside money,” said Malik Scott via Michael Benson.”Y’all dealing with a whole different type motherf***er over here. He want the blood, not that step-aside money. ‘Retribution is upon us’.”

If Wilder knocks out Fury in their trilogy match, it’s going to be a dark day for British boxing fans, who were hoping to see the Joshua-Fury fight go down while the two held world titles.

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It would be an excellent idea for Fury to trade his fancy Versace clothing for some gym apparel and get to work losing that spare tire that he’s been carrying around his midsection. It’s safe to say that Fury won’t beat Wilder with his current dad’s body.

Fury used roughhouse tactics to beat Wilder last year, and that might not fly the second time around. Team Wilder obviously knows that Fury’s trainers Sugar Hill Steward and Andy Lee will have planned.

They’re likely to throw the boxing rulebook out like last time and make it a street fight clawing and scratching.

This might not be the end of the Joshua-Fury fight. Wilder turning down the step-aside could mean that the money offered to him, if any, was not to his liking.

Increasing step side offer might work

There are rumors that Wilder will be offered between five to ten million to step aside. If that’s the case, it might take twenty million to get Wilder to clear the path for the Joshua vs. Fury fight to proceed ahead for August 14th.

If Joshua’s promoter at Eddie Hearn needs help with the step aside, he can always ask his Saudi friends to come up with the money to pay Wilder.

You got to respect Wilder for choosing to ignore the payoff go get him out of the way of the huge August 14th mega-clash between Joshua and Fury.

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In hindsight, Team Fury should have waited until the results of the arbitration hearing had been given before they started making plans.

Of course, if you really want to look at where Fury really made the wrong move is when he chose to walk away from his rematch clause with Wilder. That was an amateurish move on Fury’s part to walk away from his contractual obligation to give Wilder a rematch.