Deontay Wilder has ‘no interest in taking step aside money in what would be a huge blow to Tyson Fury’s super-fight with Anthony Joshua.
Wilder’s new trainer Malik Scott shared the news on Instagram, as he all but confirmed the heavyweight is prioritising revenge over a payday.
Scott, 40, posted: “Wilder declined and had no interest in step-aside money. Y’all dealing with a whole different type mother*** an over here.
“He wants the blood, not that step-aside money. ‘Retribution is upon us’.”
The reveal comes after a US judge ruled in favour of Wilder in arbitration, meaning Fury owes the American the third fight in their series.
AJ and the Gypsy King were all-but ready to put every heavyweight belt on the line on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
And to salvage the historic undisputed title decider, paying Wilder a compensation fee emerged as an option.
But Malik’s social media post and comments made by Fury’s promoter Bob Arum appear to have thrown that route out.
Arum told ESPN: “We’re not paying Wilder to step aside. It’s better to get rid of him. We can make Fury vs AJ for November or December.”
The veteran promoter also revealed he has reserved the new 65,000-seater Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for July 24 should Fury have to box Wilder again.
Fury, 32, dethroned Wilder, 35, of the WBC belt in February 2020 but their contract included an immediate rematch.
That never came to fruition amid the coronavirus pandemic and the Gypsy King’s team argued the stipulation expired in October.
As a result, they entered talks with Joshua, 31, all while Wilder took his case to civil court.
And after months the decision went his way, meaning Fury is faced with fighting for a third time, after their first ended in a draw.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, a driving force in securing a deal for the all-British unification, hopes the historic clash can still be saved.
But he admitted it is out of his hands and is lining up a backup option in Oleksandr Usyk, 34, who is currently AJ’s WBO mandatory challenger