Deontay Wilder’s Manager Confirms They Never Received Any Step-Aside Offers From Tyson Fury’s Team

Published 06/01/2021, 2:45 PM EDT
Tyson Fury during the post-fight press conference at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)


The Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury saga has gripped the entire boxing world. Considering the sudden nature of events, the agreement left many shocked at how quickly things can change. However, Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, has now given fans more details about their negotiations.

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After Wilder won the arbitration case against Tyson Fury and his team, it did not take long for the two parties to strike up a deal. The only aspect to consider was the option of offering Deontay Wilder step-aside money and fighting Anthony Joshua.

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However, Finkel has now shed light on the situation. He spoke to SkySports and said, “We never looked for a step aside or anything.” However, he then admitted that if he were in their shoes, even he would consider making an offer for Wilder to step aside and earn a fraction less than what they would actually earn.

Finkel then confirmed that the offer never came. “It never came to that. It’s just silly. If it were me, I would have spoke to my fighter, and said, ‘Look, instead of making 100 million, make 90.’ A lot more than he’s going to make to fight Usyk, for sure and we hope to disrupt the party.”

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Why didn’t Tyson Fury and his team offer Deontay Wilder step-aside money?

The comments from Finkel showed his surprise at Top Rank’s decision. He expected they would at least make an offer for Wilder. And although Fury alleged that Deontay Wilder wanted $20 million, Finkel now revealed it never came to that point. So why didn’t Fury and his team consider the option?

‘The Gypsy King’ explained why he did not want to offer Wilder any step-aside money. Fury said he would give no opponent the easy way out and would rather pay in ‘As*-whoopings’ than in cash.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Deontay Wilder punches Tyson Fury in the fifth round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Fury took the trilogy bout to end the Deontay Wilder situation once and for all. Therefore, the option of paying him just to fight him at a later date made little sense. And thus, Wilder and his team did not even receive an offer to step aside.

What do you make of these comments from Shelly Finkel? Do you think Tyson Fury and his team should have made an offer to Wilder?

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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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