Deontay Wilder told to take 'biggest-ever payday' instead of Tyson Fury rematch

Deontay Wilder has been told he could be land his ‘biggest-ever payday’ if he decided to avoid a third fight with Tyson Fury.

The Bronze Bomber lost his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas following Fury’s dominant performance.

Wilder’s corner threw in the towel during the seventh round but the 34-year-old insists he will trigger the rematch clause with Fury and a third fight is now expected later this year.

However, Joseph Parker’s promoter David Higgins believes Wilder would be ‘selfish’ to insist on a rematch with Fury and believes the Bronze Bomber could be offered enough money to step aside, which would then pave the way for a fight between Fury and Joshua.

‘Everyone wants to see it [Fury fight Joshua], no one wants to see Fury – Wilder 3,’ Higgins told IFL TV.

‘If Wilder forces that he’s being selfish.

‘To Deontay Wilder, no one wants to see a third fight now between you and Fury, don’t be selfish, let the world see Fury vs Joshua.

‘They talk about paying you step-aside money, if the likes of Saudi Arabia chucked a few hundred million down, it could be your biggest ever payday for not even fighting, so there’s no excuses there.

‘Then perhaps Deontay could fight the winner. The smartest thing to do a three-way deal where Fury – Joshua happens next and then Wilder gets a shot back later.

‘That way he gets paid step-aside money and then he gets a third fight eventually.’

Higgins also hit out at Wilder’s decision to blame his entrance costume for his poor performance against Fury.

‘It was such a stupid, ignorant excuse. At first I thought he was joking,’ said Higgins.

‘Then to my horror it appears he was actually serious, that he was using his stupid costume as an excuse.

‘It’s just plainly ridiculous. I think it weighed 40-odd pounds, if that’s a problem he shouldn’t be dressing like a clown on the way to the ring.’

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