Tyson Fury is ready to offer Deontay Wilder millions to cancel their trilogy fight agreement so he can set up a blockbuster unification showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Wilder suffered a seventh-round stoppage defeat at the hands of Fury on Saturday in Las Vegas, but he has already signalled his intention to activate a rematch clause that would result in the duo facing off in a third fight by the end of July.
However, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren would rather see his 31-year-old prized fighter go after British rival Joshua in an effort to unify the division, with AJ holding the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.
The Hall of Fame promoter even suggested that Fury’s camp would be happy to pay-off Wilder to relinquish his rematch rights with what would have to be a large eight-figure fee.
“I prefer to go straight to Joshua, but that is the contract,” said Warren, per the Independent.
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“It is to be honoured unless we can reach some accommodation for him to step aside. We could pay him to step aside if he wants to do that, but that’s his choice.
“It would be lucrative for him, but I have spoken to his manager and Deontay does believe he has the beating of Tyson and he can knock him out.
“Personally, I don’t believe that. I fancied Tyson to stop him before the fight at the weekend.”
Joshua has hit his own issue of a mandatory defence of his titles against Kubrat Pulev.
Negotiations are underway over a summer clash but Eddie Hearn is hopeful they can delay talks if Fury can make Wilder step aside.
“I’m disappointed, but obviously understand it as well,” Hearn told talkSPORT of Wilder’s decision to take on the ‘Gypsy King’ for a third time.
“He was the champion; he’s lost his belt and wants to win it back.
“I don’t think people want to see the third fight. They’ve had 19 rounds now, I think Wilder’s probably won three of them, and in that last fight he didn’t win any and he got battered.
“But I understand the contractual position. He does have a right to a rematch clause and it looks like he’s exercising it.
“I’d just say ‘hurry up please,’ and do it quickly.”