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  • Updated: May 19, 2021

Fight Me Or Pay $20M Step Aside Fee — Wilder

Fight Me Or Pay $20M Step Aside Fee — Wilder

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder - Skysports

A court of arbitration ruled this week that Tyson Fury must fight Deontay Wilder again by September 15 which would thwart plans for an undisputed title fight against Anthony Joshua on August 14.

Tyson Fury has claimed that Deontay Wilder has asked for a $20m fee to step aside to allow him to fight Anthony Joshua.

"What a joke the Bronze Bomber has become," Fury posted on social media on Tuesday night.

"Asked for $20m to move over, joker.

"Looks like I have to [fight him] again."

Fury called Wilder a "reptile" and added: "This is how I'm feeling right now. I'm on the inside fighting, smashing stuff up, and my next opponent is getting smashed to bits!"

Isaac Lowe, Fury's training partner, said: "Whoever is next for this man it's not going to go past six rounds. The Gypsy King is the man and is ready to fight."

Fury has since posted a picture mocking the reasons that Wilder gave for losing the WBC belt when they fought for a second time.

"No excuses… but," Fury's tease began.

"Costume was too heavy, Fury's gloves were loaded, I had weak legs, my water was spiked, Fury's gloves had no padding, had bicep surgery, disloyal trainer, complications in camp, I broke my arm, fight stopped too early, Andre Dirrell's fault."

Fury dismantled the previously unbeaten Wilder in February 2019.

Wilder has since parted ways with his trainers and is worked alongside his former opponent Malik Scott.

Who Will Joshua Now Fight?

Usyk was named Joshua's "Plan B" option by promoter Eddie Hearn.

The undefeated Ukrainian is a former undisputed cruiserweight champion and is now the WBO mandatory challenger to the belt held by Joshua.

"There is no other reasonable excuse for AJ now," Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports.

"If he is not avoiding Usyk, it is high time to face the mandatory.

Can Joshua vs Fury Fight Still Take Place?

Hearn said: "I hope. But am I hopeful? I don't know.

"We were told the arbitration wouldn't be a problem but obviously it is a problem.

"We have to think on our feet. We have to act accordingly. We still hope the fight can go ahead but it's out of our hands.

"The positivity from Team Fury was great for everybody. They had started training camps.

"[Joshua told me]: 'Take care of it, let me know, I'll be in the gym'.

"We know what we want - to win the undisputed championship and to fight Fury. But if his hands are tied we have to look elsewhere."

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