Deontay Wilder Has Cut Ties With His Manager Shelly Finkel, Claims Boxing Trainer

Published 01/17/2021, 2:31 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Deontay Wilder looks on after knocking down Bermane Stiverne in the first round during their rematch for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title at the Barclays Center on November 4, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Reputed boxing trainer Kevin Barry has given an update on Deontay Wilder and his team. He claimed that the former champion split from his manager Shelly Finkel after his defeat to Tyson Fury. Furthermore, he explained how it affected the third fight too.

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Fury beat Wilder in February 2020, in what many considered an upset. As a result, a trilogy fight between the pair was imminent. However, with the global pandemic, things never materialized for the fight.

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There is now a new revelation in the situation. Speaking to Boxing Social on YouTube, the famous New Zealander said, “I’m hearing that Wilder split with Shelly Finkel and the reason why the contract got sent back late was because Finkel had left the contract on his desk after they parted ways and hadn’t secured the third fight by a certain date.”

Thus, these comments showed that an error from Wilder’s camp led to the third fight not happening. These claims will send a few shock waves in the sport.

READ: Tyson Fury Never Wants to Fight Deontay Wilder Again – Claims Bob Arum

Can the Trilogy fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury still happen?

The major talk of this year has been the potential showdown between ‘The Gypsy King’ and Anthony Joshua. However, at the back-end of 2020, there was a huge controversy about the trilogy with ‘The Bronze Bomber’.

Fury’s camp claimed that the rematch clause has expired, and that’s why they had moved on. Wilder’s camp retorted by citing the global pandemic as unforeseen circumstances. The American then posted a shocking video where he accused the Englishman of different things and demanded a rematch.

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 02: WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury face-off during the New York Press Conference at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set to fight on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

If the claims from Kevin Barry are true, it will be an enormous blow to team Wilder. It will prove that it was their own doing that the third fight never happened.

What do you make of these comments from Kevin Barry? How much will this affect the possibility of a trilogy fight?

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READ: “There’s a Deontay Wilder Situation”- Eddie Hearn Reveals What’s Stopping Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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