Deontay Wilder’s new trainer Malik Scott insists the Bronze Bomber has no intention of stepping aside to facilitate the eagerly anticipated heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
The Gypsy King announced last weekend that a deal had finally been struck and that he would meet his British rival in a unification fight in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
Fury, however, appears to have jumped the gun with a US judge ruling on Monday that the WBC champion must renew hostilities with Wilder for a third time and fulfil his contractual obligations.
The 32-year-old regained his world title after dismantling Wilder back in February 2020 in a brutally one-sided rematch after the original contest ended in a controversial draw.
A trilogy fight had been on the cards but with Wilder still coming to terms with the first defeat of his career, which sparked several bizarre excuses, allied to the effects of the global pandemic, Fury’s team opted to pursue a fight with Joshua.
Following an acrimonious split with his ex-trainer, Jay Deas, meanwhile, Wilder recently confirmed he has teamed up with Scott, who insists the 35-year-old is firmly focused on gaining ‘redemption’ and confirmed he had turned down an offer to back away from another fight with Fury.
Malik wrote on Instagram: ‘Wilder declined and had no interest in step-aside money. Y’all dealing with a whole different type motherf***er over here.
‘He want the blood, not that step-aside money. ‘Retribution is upon us’.’
Wilder’s stance has forced Joshua’s camp to seek alternative options and the former Olympic champions’ promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed on Tuesday that Oleksandr Usyk represents a potential plan B.
‘The game changed last night so we have to have a plan B in place and a probably a plan C,’ said Hearn. ‘We have a couple of different options. One that springs to mind is the WBO mandatory of Oleksandr Usyk.
‘They have been quite patient and I think we are in a situation if team Fury doesn’t get its act together by end of this week we have no alternative but to look to an alternative fight.
‘AJ wants to fight this summer. Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory we have two or three other options as well. In an ideal world if the right deal could be done, to maintain those belts and keep the Fury fight alive for December and for the undisputed as well.
‘I had a very good conversation this morning as well with Alexander Krassyuk [Usyk’s promoter] and I was very honest. Team fury are trying to resolve the issue but there is a very good chance we could be fighting you.’
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