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Deontay Wilder will refuse to step aside for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury mega-fight

Deontay Wilder will refuse to step aside for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury mega-fight 1

Deontay Wilder won’t forego his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury to allow a heavyweight title unification fight to take place, according to Top Rank Boxing chief Bob Arum. Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight king came to an emphatic end at the hands of Tyson Fury in February.

The American suffered a seventh-round TKO defeat in front of a sold-out crowd at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, with his corner mercifully throwing in the towel at the 1:39 mark.

Six days removed from his first professional defeat, Wilder exercised the rubber match clause in his contract to rematch ‘The Gypsy King’.

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The coronavirus outbreak has laid waste to the original plans for the pair’s third meeting, which will now take place in October instead of July.

The delaying of Fury vs Wilder III prompted talk of the latter stepping aside in order for the former to take part in an end-of-year unification fight with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

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“A further question is who is going to pay him to step aside? And, anyone on our staff has not even raised the possibility with us.

“So as far as we’re concerned, we’re thinking ahead to a third Fury – Wilder fight.

“We’re Pulev’s co-promoter as well and nobody has discussed with us a step-aside [payment].”

Joshua, 30, is tentatively scheduled to defend his unified titles against Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 25.

There have been suggestions of Pulev being asked to forgo his crack at the unified heavyweight titles in order to pave the way for Joshua vs Fury.

Arum, however, is adamant no such talks have taken place.

He added: “I speak with authority on this because of my relationship with Pulev and my role in Fury and Wilder.

“There has been absolutely no discussions by anybody about either of those guys [Wilder or Pulev] stepping aside.”

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