Deontay Wilder's manager responds to Fury v Joshua step-aside offer

Deontay Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel, insists the American heavyweight will not accept any step-aside offer and wants to push ahead with a trilogy fight against Tyson Fury.

The Bronze Bomber lost his WBC title in Las Vegas on Saturday night, twice hitting the canvas in the contest before his corner finally threw in the towel in the seventh round.

As part of the fight contract, whoever lost the bout would have 30 days in which to trigger a rematch, though many fans would rather see Fury take on Anthony Joshua in a unification fight.

AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has hinted that Wilder could be offered step-aside money to blow off the rematch, but Finkel is adamant that will not happen.

Asked about the prospect of Wilder accepting step-aside money, Finkel told World Boxing News: ‘I can confirm Deontay will exercise his right to fight Tyson Fury next.

‘That’s the fight Deontay wants. It will happen next.’

Despite Wilder’s insistence on a third fight, Finkel revealed that the clause had not actually been triggered yet, but the American ‘intends to activate it – he wants the trilogy’.

A third fight between Fury and Wilder would likely go ahead in the summer, though there have been suggestions it could be delayed until autumn.

Joshua, meanwhile, has already agreed a deal in principle to fight Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June, with an official announcement likely to come once Wilder has activated his rematch clause.

Speaking to The Athletic, Wilder said: ‘The rematch is definitely going to happen. We’re going to get it on. I want to get right back to it.

‘I’m not bitter. I’m happy for Tyson Fury. I’m happy for his journey and what he’s doing in his career. We all aim to reach our goals. I’ll reach mine. It’s just that it’s never on our own time. It’s his time now. Congratulations to him.’

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