Deontay Wilder has insisted he should be made WBC world champion and given his full pay cheque if Tyson Fury pulls out of their rescheduled trilogy showdown next month.
The two heavyweights will renew their rivalry in Las Vegas on October 9, with Fury making the first defence of the belt he stripped Wilder of over 18 months ago.
Wilder and Fury were originally scheduled to face each other on July 24 but the Brit and several members of his training camp tested positive for Covid-19, causing the fight to be delayed.
Deontay Wilder wants to be given the WBC world heavyweight title if Tyson Fury pulls out
The Bronze Bomber has refused to accept Fury’s reasoning and even accused him of ‘lying’ about the situation in order to get the fight postponed.
The American power puncher claimed he is wary that his British rival may try to evade facing him and has demanded that he automatically be awarded his WBC belt should he pull out.
Speaking to 78SportsTV, Wilder said: ‘If he don’t show up he’s going to have to suffer the consequences, the penalties that’ve been set forth. If he don’t fight, then pay me what you’re supposed to pay me. Then you have to give up that belt as well.
‘So it’s a win-win situation for me, it’s a lose-lose situation for him. That’s the great thing about it cause, the saying has always said that history repeats itself.
‘We know his actions are always the same, he’s done this many of times where he tries to get out of fights. He has had a door to escape from. But at this moment in time he has no more doors, no options.
‘He has to put up or shut up, fight or retire. Either fight and give me my money or give up that belt. It’s a win-win situation for me and with that being said I can sleep at night.’
The two heavyweight rivals are set to meet for a third time in Las Vegas on October 9
Wilder (right) claimed to 78SportsTV that Fury tries to get out of fights and may do it again
Fury, who is hoping to secure an all-British mega fight for all the world heavyweight straps against Anthony Joshua later this year, sent a violent warning to Wilder this week, vowing to ‘splatter’ and knock him out quicker then he did last time.
The self-styled Gypsy King needs to claim another victory against Wilder to keep hopes alive of an undisputed fight against Joshua, who himself also has a defence pencilled in for next weekend against Oleksandr Usyk.
Speaking earlier this week, AJ admitted he needs to fight Fury in his prime to prove how good he is.
Explaining the significance of their potential showdown, Joshua told 5 Live Boxing Podcast: ‘We need it for boxing. I need it, you need it, the boxing world needs it.
‘To get better is very difficult in boxing. To improve is difficult.
Fury knocked out Wilder inside seven rounds to win the WBC belt over 18 months ago
‘So, to fight Tyson Fury is a big challenge for myself, because I’m going to put that pressure on myself to actually get better.
‘But it’s what we all need, I need it, just to see how good I am. Come on, let’s go through this training camp again.
‘Let’s see how far I can take myself during this period. It’ll be a good challenge mentally.
‘Not about him, but because I actually want to do well. When I wake up in the morning early and I’m tired, my body’s battered, I still go out and do what I do. It’s great rewards and only someone like Fury can give that to me.’
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