Deontay Wilder still hasn’t given up on a third fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Wilder was expected to face Fury in a trilogy after activating his rematch clause shortly after his TKO defeat to the Briton in February.
However, the rematch clause expired with both teams unable to confirm a date as Fury is now set to face Agit Kabayel in a homecoming clash on December 5 leading up to a title unification clash with Anthony Joshua in 2021.
Wilder and his team, though, are still looking to get the trilogy fight booked as they have now taken the dispute to a mediator. Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel is notably hopeful of a positive outcome.
“I wouldn’t go into it, if I didn’t [hope for a positive outcome] but am sure they think so too,” Finkel told Sky Sports.
Finkel also expects a ruling before the end of the year.
“I would hope so, yes,” he added.
Wilder recently called on Fury to be a man and honor their agreement. He also went to to allege that “The Gypsy King” cheated in both their fights among other excuses involving his water being spiked.
Because of those allegations, Fury claimed he would never give the American another rematch.
“He’ll never get a shot at me now. Finished,” Fury said. “For what he’s said — Losing is one thing. Everbody can lose to a better man on the night, but to come out with the amount of BS that he’s come out with over the last eight months. He’s conveniently waited until the contract expired before he’s opened his mouth. It’s ridiculous and I don’t really want to give him any air time. That’s it for the Bronze Bomber.”
Things have certainly gotten messy between the pair after what was initially plenty of mutual respect shown to each other.
What do you think of Wilder’s team taking the dispute to a mediator?