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Fury prefer to beat Wilder than pay to step aside for Joshua

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WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury would prefer to beat Deontay Wilder in a rematch than pay him to step aside so he can fight fellow British titleholder Anthony Joshua instead.

Rumors recently surfaced that Wilder would consider a record $10-million payout to withdraw from his rematch with Fury so the two champions could collide for heavyweight gold.

“I’m not paying him no money to step aside. I’d rather take his scalp again,” Fury said, according to Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph. “I’ll beat him in the ring, that’s how I’ll get him out of the way. I wouldn’t pay him $2 million to step aside – I’d rather give him another battering again.”

    Along with the rumored payout, Wilder was apparently requesting a title shot against the winner of the potential Fury-Joshua bout.

    Fury, who defeated Wilder by seventh-round TKO in February after the pair fought to a controversial draw in December 2018, wasn’t having any of that.

    “I’m going to take him out again for the third time,” the champ said of Wilder. “Hopefully at the end of the year, and then we’re going to go into 2021 with the biggest fight in boxing history between two undefeated British heavyweights, me and AJ, and we’re going to battle it out for all the gold.”

    A date for Fury’s rematch with Wilder is still up in the air because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled for July 18 in Las Vegas.

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