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Deontay Wilder is demanding an eye-watering £14million to step aside and allow rival Tyson Fury to face Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight title this summer.
The former WBC champion, who was undefeated before his rematch with Fury in February 2020, stands to make a big-money deal after an arbitration case yesterday ordered that Fury must give him a trilogy fight by September 15.
And promoter Frank Warren, who along with Bob Arum is responsible for Fury's end of the deal to fight Joshua, has now admitted the proposed bout is in jeopardy after the court's ruling.
Warren told BBC Radio's Today Show: "It is really simple now Tyson now either goes immediately to the fight with Deontay Wilder or we try to reach an accommodation with Wilder.
Deontay Wilder is demanding 'step aside' money to delay his trilogy bout with Tyson Fury
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"To use a phrase in boxing 'step aside' to allow the fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury fight to take place – I'm sure he'll want as much as possible but that is going to be about a negotiation if we go down that road.
"It will cost quite a bit of money. Until we reach an accommodation with Wilder's people I can't say the fight will definitely happen.
"But we are working hard to get that over the line. We were talking last night [Monday]. If we can't get it done Tyson will go to the fight with Wilder.
"They are the only two options. The arbitrator says that Tyson has a contractual commitment and he has to fulfil that. He is tied up legally."
Fury's bout with Joshua is pencilled in for August 14 – leaving no time to fight Wilder before September 15 – meaning something will have to give.
However, Warren did appear to be cautiously optimistic, saying that Fury v Joshua is not necessarily off, and that they are still working for a resolution.
"I expect common sense will prevail so we are going to try and make the fight between AJ and Tyson. That is the fight everyone wants to see," Warren added.
"We are going to do our best to get it over the line. That is what everyone has been working towards for a long time now.
"There is a cut off point one when a decision has to be made and which direction Tyson goes in – I hope Deontay will accept less than $20million (£14m)."