Deontay Wilder will not rush into undisputed fight, claims manager | DAZN News US

Shelly Finkel believes there are a lot of moving pieces to making any such event.

Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel is not expecting his fighter to move quickly for an undisputed title fight regardless of any win over Tyson Fury.

Wilder was dogged in his pursuit of a trilogy rematch against the WBC champion after losing the belt to him in February last year.

A fight with Anthony Joshua lookedon the cards for Fury this summer but Wilder won his arbitration case and a July fight was then rescheduled for October. 

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to Oleksandr Usyk at the weekend and intends to force a rematch of his own, meaning there is already a new obstacle to an undisputed fight.

Speaking to Boxing Social, Finkel confirmed the logistical problems of making any such event.

“No, because he has unfinished business, Joshua, and that will take him into next year,” Finkel said. “The fight is not going to happen before that. We’re only fighting a week after. 

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Let Deontay win, as I believe he will, and then we will see what we’re looking at in the first quarter to half of 2022. But at this moment it won’t be Joshua or Usyk because they’re going to be dancing with each other.” 

Despite the occasional barbs exchanged between Joshua and Hearn, and Finkel and Wilder, the manager was happy to praise the Briton.

“Contrary to popular opinion, I do like Joshua,” Finkel admitted. 

“I think he is and was very good for the sport. He brought a lot of interest, as you can tell with 60-something thousand people there. When he fought Klitschko, it was 100 [thousand] or 90 [thousand] or whatever the number was at Wembley. He conducted himself as a gentleman as the champion.”


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