Arum talks Wilder possible legal action!
As we approach the end of 2020, there are many questions surrounding the next moves of former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs). Both men were expected share the ring again for a third time this year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted all plans and pretty much KO’d the fight.
The hard-hitting Alabama native would remain surprisingly quiet for following their February 22 rematch. Yet, when he came of out seclusion, he delivered a scathing video accusing team Fury, as well former co-trainer Mark Breland, of cheating him. Furthermore, he would he take legal action after feeling that Fury was still contractually obligated to face him for a third time. Although, Fury and his promoters, Frank Warren and Bob Arum, have stated that the rematch clause had indeed expired.
DON’T BE SO HASTY
Apparently, Arum was able to convince Wilder and his team to hold off on all legal matters. That is, until the conclusion of the upcoming heavyweight title bout between unified champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21KOs) and mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14KOs) taking place on December 12 in London.
He told Pep Talk UK the following.
“Finally, I’ve been persuasive to everybody and said let’s not waste a lot of money on legal fees. Let’s see what happens with Pulev and Joshua because if Pulev beats Joshua, Joshua’s going to ask for a rematch cause it’s in the contract with Pulev. So that takes Joshua out of the picture for Tyson Fury and who better for him to fight than Deontay Wilder.”
Arum is known to say things for the sake of saying things. Can we truly take the word of Arum in this situation? Wilder wants so badly to avenge his lone career loss. Its questionable if he would halt legal action to secure the third fight with Fury. While certainly possible, it would be surprising to see Wilder put his faith on a Joshua loss. This is his redemption at stake, after all.
It will be interesting to see what Wilder and his team have to say about Arum’s comments.
By: Jerrell Fletcher