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.
Fury and Wilder both took home a £3.8million ($5m) purse from their titanic battle in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The Gypsy King claimed the WBC world heavyweight title with a stunning performance which caught everybody off guard.
Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round after the American was downed in the third and fifth and was struggling with cuts to his mouth and ear.
A rematch clause was inserted into the fight agreement and Wilder has instantly triggered it.
But Fury would rather fight WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua this summer and he could shell out to make it happen.
“I prefer to go straight to Joshua but that’s the contract,” Fury’s promoter Frank Warren told the BBC. “If he insists on the fight, we’re locked into it.
“It has to be honoured unless we 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.
“I don’t believe that. I fancied Tyson to stop him before the fight at the weekend.”
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Joshua has hit own issue of a mandatory defence of his titles against Kubrat Pulev.
Negotiations are underway over a summer fight 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 (the first one in December 2018 was a draw). They’ve had 19 rounds now, I think Wilder’s probably won three of them, and in the 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.”
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