Retired heavyweight contender Malik Scott, who currently trains former world champion Deontay Wilder, says the once-beaten boxer will not accept a step-aside agreement to allow Tyson Fury to face Anthony Joshua.
Wilder was stopped by Fury in the seventh round of their rematch in February 2020 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Afterwards, he exercised an immediate rematch clause to force a third encounter.
Because of their coronavirus pandemic and other factors, the handlers for Fury would eventually deem the rematch clause “expired.”
Wilder would begin a legal action to enforce his contractual clause to a third meeting.
On Monday, an arbitrator ruled in Wilder’s favor and ordered both sides to hold the third encounter by September.
Scott took to social media to make it known that his boxer will not step away from the third Fury fight.
“Wilder declined and had no interest in step-aside money. Y’all dealing with a whole different type motherf—- over here. He want the blood, not that step-aside money. Retribution is upon us,” Scott stated.
Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum, who co-promotes Fury, has already reserved the new 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for July 24 – in the event a third Wilder fight will move forward.
Joshua has problems of his own, as WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk is now pressing to get his mandatory shot at the title. Usyk became the mandatory challenger in 2019, after he vacated his WBO belt at cruiserweight and officially moved up to the heavyweight division.