Deontay Wilder Makes Demands To Step Aside For Tyson Fury Vs. Anthony Joshua
Deontay Wilder reportedly wants a huge $10 million (£8.1 million) and a guarantee that he'll face the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua in order to step aside from his contracted third fight with the WBC heavyweight champion.
Wilder suffered his first professional defeat to the hands of Fury who stopped him in the seventh round to claim the WBC title in February.
A blockbuster undisputed clash between Fury and Joshua has been mooted with the pair of Brits holding all the world titles in the heavyweight division.
Kubrat Pulev, who's slated to meet Joshua, has previously said he'd consider a step aside offer and 'The Bronze Bomber' will also entertain a proposal to pave the way for the heavyweight mega-fight.
According to The Athletic, Wilder wants $10 million (£8.1 million) and to be the man who gets the first shot at the winner of the undisputed bout.
A source told The Athletic that the American would be "stupid" to not accept that deal if it's offered.
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"Deontay would have to get the (Fury-Joshua) winner guaranteed in the deal, but if he can swing that, he'd actually be stupid to not take the $10 million to not fight," the unnamed source said.
"That'd be a record step-aside fee, by far. I'd take that deal so fast and go fight a hopeless guy like Travis Kauffman."
Another unnamed source, however, questioned whether that would cross Wilder's thought process.
"He's thinking, 'I had an off night and while you all may think the guy was out-boxing me, I've got dynamite in both hands and I'm going to knock his f**king ass out. And then the title comes back to me.' That's my feeling if I'm Deontay Wilder, real fighter," the source explained.
"I think Wilder's the second-best heavyweight in the world over Joshua, anyway. He'd beat Joshua. His legacy is as a great puncher. He had Fury down twice in the previous fight.
"So, if I'm Deontay Wilder, I go with my strength, and his strength is, 'Get me in the ring with the guy and let me land my right hand.'
"Because of that right hand, most of you (writers) picked him in the second fight. You were wrong maybe because he had an off night, but he still has the ability to do it.
"Guys with power... they know what they have. He had one night where the other guy fought him perfectly, but if I was him, I'd say, 'F**k it, get the guy back in the ring.'"