Deontay Wilder Could Receive Upto $10 Million to Step Aside for Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury

Published 03/20/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 17: Deontay Wilder looks on during his official weigh-in against Dominic Breazeale at LIU Athletic Center on May 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder is on the brink of bagging a handsome paycheck for just getting aside for the Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight. A few days back, the bout between the two Brits got official as they signed on the dotted line to confront each other.

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‘Bronze Bomber’ could have turned into a major roadblock for this fight as he wanted to exercise a clause from the previous contract and book a trilogy with Fury. However, ‘Gypsy King’s team rubbed off his claims stating his power to negotiate for a trilogy was over in October 2020.

Recently, ESPN’s Max Kellerman shed some light on this whole scenario and gave his own take on the same.

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He said, “Don’t look too much in the contracts because Deontay Wilder has to be getting paid to step aside. When you get to step aside money when you’re next with a contract, it ain’t a hundred grand.

“It’s five to ten million dollars. So, Deontay is getting money just for waiting.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Referee Kenny Bayless sends Deontay Wilder to his corner during the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ever since he succumbed to a loss to Tyson Fury, Wilder has repeatedly showcased his eagerness to book a trilogy, but Fury’s team had undisputed title fight plans, and they didn’t really entertain ‘Bronze Bomber’ as time elapsed.

Moreover, it seems the rift between both Wilder and Fury’s corners will get settled at present. Because the former heavyweight champion will receive a cosmic paycheck just to let the undisputed fight happen. Hence, in monetary considerations, he seems to be the big winner, but he would want to be the winner within the ropes too.

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Will Deontay Wilder get to face the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury?

Prior to facing the ‘Gypsy King’, Wilder enjoyed a one-sided stint at the heavyweight roster with 41 KO wins in 43 fights. Hence, the manner in which he fell in February 2020 shocked the world.

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He hasn’t stepped inside the ring since that loss and has developed considerable ring rust. Furthermore, he has lost his ability to put a strong claim for any of the four titles. Hence whilst Joshua and Fury battle, Wilder should make up for the lost time and pick anyone else in contention.

If he gets a win, then he’ll undeniably be a viable contender to face either of the two. It will be intriguing to see how things play out for the ‘Bronze Bomber’ this year.

If not Joshua/Fury, who do you think is a relevant opponent for Deontay Wilder?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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