Deontay Wilder ‘wants blood not money’ according to trainer Malik Scott, which likely means curtains for any chance of Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua happening as planned on Saturday August 14.
Fury revealed only on Sunday that the biggest fight in British boxing history was all set to go down in Saudi Arabia with the territory putting up a record site fee of $155million (£109million).
Wilder ruling a stunner
But just 24 hours later, the excitement turned to devastation with an arbitrator in the United States ruling that Fury must resurrect his trilogy fight against Wilder before September 15.
The pair had been set to meet for a third time in 2020, but Fury “moved on” after a December 19 date became the latest to bite the dust.
The arbitrator did leave open the possibility for Fury and Wilder to find a resolution or extension which would allow Fury vs Joshua to go ahead. That would likely mean a huge step-aside payment to ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
But according to Scott, that won’t happen and instead his man (42-1-1) wants revenge on Fury for the first defeat of his professional career. That came via a brutal beating which ended in a seventh-round stoppage in February 2020.
Wilder trainer: It’s ‘blood not money’
Scott posted an Instagram Story which accompanied a news article saying Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum would refuse to pay step-aside money to Wilder.
Scott clearly believes it doesn’t matter anyway, claiming: “Nah…Wilder declined and had no interest in step aside money…yall dealing with a whole different type muthaf***a over here. He want the blood not that step aside money.
“Retribution is upon us.”
There is clearly unfinished business for Wilder – who produced a number of wild claims after that stunning loss to Fury. He parted company with previous trainer Mark Breland in the aftermath of the fight – furious that Breland had thrown in the towel.