Tyson Fury slams ‘joke’ Deontay Wilder for demanding £14m to step aside so he can fight Anthony Joshua, rips into him over his excuses for losing their rematch and vows to ‘crack his skull again’ if the trilogy clash happens next
- Tyson Fury claimed Deontay Wilder has asked for £14m to step aside
- Fury needs to reach a settlement with Wilder in order to face Anthony Joshua
- The Brit is furious with Wilder’s demands and labelled heavyweight rival a ‘joke’
- He also taunted him over his long list of excuses for losing their rematch
Tyson Fury has slammed ‘joke’ Deontay Wilder for wanting £14million to step aside to allow his heavyweight blockbuster with Anthony Joshua to go ahead as planned this autumn.
Talks are underway to reach an eight-figure settlement that will enable the two British giants of the ring to meet, despite the ruling of a US judge that Fury must fight Wilder next.
The arbitration verdict on Monday night has thrown the proposed August 14 clash in Saudi Arabia into doubt after it was deemed that Wilder had a contractual right to a third fight with Fury.
Tyson Fury is furious Deontay Wilder wants £14m to step aside to let him face Anthony Joshua
The heavyweight Battle of Britain was set for August 14 but has been plunged into doubt
Figures involved in the discussions confirmed to Sportsmail late on Monday that they believe a compromise with Wilder can be reached, though a step-aside fee could run north of £14m given the strong negotiating position the American now holds.
Fury is furious over the demands of Wilder, whom’s WBC world title he plundered last February, and has vowed to ‘crack his skull again’ if he has to take their trilogy fight next.
Taking aim at his rival, Fury wrote on Instagram: ‘What a joke @bronzebomber has become asked for $20million (£14m) to move over #joker looks like I have to crack his skull again!’
The self-styled Gypsy King also ripped into Wilder for making a number of elaborate excuses and accusations for his defeat in their rematch.
A judge ruled that Fury (right) must have a trilogy fight with Wilder (right) by September
Fury, who destroyed Wilder in their rematch last February, has vowed to ‘crack his skull again’
Fury posted a picture of Wilder appearing to cry with some of the excuses he used listed. The post read: ‘No excuses… but; Costume was too heavy, Fury’s gloves were loaded, I had weak legs, my water was spiked, Fury’s gloves had no padding.
‘I had bicep surgery, I was a zombie, disloyal trainer, complications in camp, I had an autopsy, I broke my arm, fight stopped too early, Andre Dirrell’s fault, ref did a s*** job, snakes in the grass, dent in my head.
‘Egg weight in glove, Fury was covered in oil, Ricky Hatton pulled glove down, I injured my bicep, I broke my hand, Fury’s fist wasn’t in the glove, Fury took PEDs, Fury did voodoo magic, I had the flu and I had food poisoning.’
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren remains confident an agreement with Wilder can be reached and have reiterated that the fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship against Joshua is their priority.
‘That is the fight everyone wants, what the public wants, we all want to see it,’ Warren told Sportsmail this week.
Fury ripped into Wilder over some of the excuses he used following his defeat against him
‘But at the moment we have to deal with Wilder one way or another. We will work hard to make it happen to keep the fight on.
‘He will have to be satisfied. We will have to have to satisfy him, and if it is a settlement he will want paying for it, no doubt about that.’
However, Wilder’s new trainer Malik Scott has dampened any hopes of Fury fighting AJ after claiming that the Bronze Bomber is more concerned about getting revenge than a payday.
Scott, 40, posted: ‘Wilder declined and had no interest in step-aside money. Y’all dealing with a whole different type motherf***a over here.
‘He want the blood, not that step-aside money. “Retribution is upon us”.’
Back-up plans have already been made in the event that Wilder doesn’t accept Team Fury’s offer, with Arum reserving the new 65,000-seater Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for July 24 should their trilogy fight have to happen next.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, has also opened up talks for the unified champion to instead face WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in mid-to-late August.
Promoter Frank Warren has insisted that making Fury vs Joshua remains their priority
Wilder’s new trainer Malik Scott (right) claimed the heavyweight isn’t interested in step-aside money
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