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Top Rank Prez: No Indication Wilder Would Step Aside For Fury-Joshua

Top Rank President Todd DuBoef, who co-promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, has not been given any indication that Deontay Wilder would be willing to take a step-aside deal to allow a full division unification between Fury and IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

Back in February, Fury dropped Wilder twice and stopped him in the seventh round to capture the WBC world title.

Afterwards, Wilder exercised his contractual right to an immediate rematch.

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The trilogy fight was targeted for a date of July 18th, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has pushed it back to early October.

Kubrat Pulev, who Top Rank also promotes, is Joshua's mandatory challenger. Joshua vs. Pulev was scheduled for June 20, and was also postponed due to the pandemic.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, would love for Top Rank to work out a deal to get Wilder to step-aside, in order to stage the full division unification by year's end.

But DuBoef does not see that happening and that scenario is not even on his radar.

"I have not personally had any conversations about that. It is not on my radar. I am working with Wilder's representatives on coming up with new potential dates in late-summer or early-fall for the Fury fight. We are speaking about potential venues too," DuBoef told Sky Sports.

"That fight breaking up as a result of [Joshua vs Fury] fight? I have not been privy to any conversations about that. I have not heard that they are willing to step aside. Nobody has communicated that."

"We are contractually obligated to Wilder at this point. Pulev and Joshua are contracted. There is too much uncertainty across the board, with everything, to speculate on [Joshua vs Fury] happening. In a perfect world without this virus then I could possibly see a path [to Joshua vs Fury] but right now I don't see it.

"We are obligated to the Wilder camp and we are concentrating on that. It is so cloudy even with two matches but to make a third match? That's even cloudier. It's really hard to see through the clutter to see [Joshua vs Fury]."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Oshio on 04-08-2020

[QUOTE=Corelone;20503877]Offer Wilder enough money for him to brag on, and he might, but Pulev won't be so easy. Why take step aside money, when he has a chance for all the marbles. Tell Pulev Andy didn't expose anything, not to…

Comment by Corelone on 04-08-2020

Offer Wilder enough money for him to brag on, and he might, but Pulev won't be so easy. Why take step aside money, when he has a chance for all the marbles. Tell Pulev Andy didn't expose anything, not to…

Comment by lion33lit on 04-08-2020

Why should he step aside? Wilder is defined by bravery in this game and right behind him would be Usyk - for venturing into the heavyweight realm. Palm strike PED Fury leaned his bulk on Wilder all night. Thats the…

Comment by Curtis2 on 04-08-2020

[QUOTE=champion4ever;20503287]I'm sorry British fans. He's not doing it. It's about honor, dignity and prestige. Wilder misses them. If he doesn't get this fight asap, then he would probably go into hiding and never show his face again. He needs his…

Comment by DaNeutral. on 04-08-2020

I can't blame Wilder for not stepping aside. I'm sure Fury and AJ could offer him good step aside money AND 1st offer to fight the winner which means Wilder would get paid twice and then get to fight for…

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