Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott says the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has no interest in taking step aside money to allow an undisputed heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to take place. Fury had claimed that Wilder was looking for a $20 million pay-off to move aside.
With Fury-Joshua poised to be announced for August 14 in Saudi Arabia, arbitration judge Daniel Weinstein abruptly stopped the mega-fight in its tracks by ruling that the ‘Gypsy King’ must honour a previous contract to fight Wilder.
A displeased Fury said Wilder demanded a huge settlement to step aside. “What a joke the Bronze Bomber has become,” scoffed Fury on his social media networks. “Asked for $20m to move over, joker. Looks like I have to crack his skull again.”
That bout must take place before a deadline of September 15 but Wilder’s new trainer Scott says the former WBC king has absolutely no intention of stepping aside to allow the Fury-Joshua showdown.
Wilder is keen to exact revenge after a catastrophic 2020, which saw him lose to Fury in seven one-sided rounds and his comeback derailed by the Covid-19 Pandemic and a nagging bicep injury.
Having sacked former coach Mark Breland for throwing in the towel against Fury in February 2020, Wilder enlisted former opponent Scott as he attempts to reach the heavyweight summit once more. The straight-talking Scott has little doubt that Wilder will reign again.
“Wilder declined and had no interest in step-aside money,” said Scott on Instagram.
“Y’all dealing with a whole different type motherfucker over here. He want the blood, not that step-aside money. Retribution is upon us.”