Deontay Wilder threatens Tyson Fury with lawsuit if trilogy fight does not happen next, insists contractual rematch clause is still valid
Deontay Wilder has declared that he and his team will take legal action against Tyson Fury if their third fight does not take place next month.
The Brit dethroned the American in their February rematch, which itself carried a two-way contractual rematch clause.
Following his defeat, Wilder instantly triggered this clause and the third fight was initially planned for July, then October, then December.
However, plans to stage it on December 19 encountered US network scheduling conflicts with other sport due to be shown on the same date by dual broadcasters FOX and ESPN.
Fury and his team then came out and stated the contract had expired, adding that he’s instead going to fight on December 5 against a different opponent in the UK.
Now, Wilder has hit back at this suggestion.
Wilder told 78SPORTSTV: “For me, if this fight don’t go as planned on schedule like it’s supposed to – the date was December 19.
“And I already stated – crowd or no crowd. It don’t matter.
“But if they continue with this fooling along, we are filing a suit against them and everybody that was a part of it.
“And we’ll maybe fight sometime [early] next year or something like that. But the ultimate goal is to get this fight over with once and for all.
“I mean, s***, I don’t see why he’s running. It’s one more fight.
“If you feel like you did all this in the first and second, then the third would be no problem.
“It would be a piece of cake, wouldn’t it?
“But if you’re a man that you know that you’ve done something wrong, you know that you cheated, that you were not fair in your actions, then it’s a concerning word.
“He knows he cheated. Not only in the first one but in the second as well.
“That’s why he’s not confident in the third one.”