Deontay Wilder has revealed that he received an offer to fight Fury from Bob Arum’s top rank on the stipulation he has 4 fights on ESPN
Finkel, in an exclusive interview, told WBN last week: “We did receive an offer from Top Rank which included a multi-fight deal with Deontay.
“The deal effectively meant signing Deontay over to them. It included a purse for a fight before the Tyson Fury rematch. But we didn’t want to – and are not going to – give up our fighter up to them.
“If we wanted to do a fight beforehand, we would do it ourselves.”
Speaking to Randy Gordon on Sirius XM fight nation, Wilder stated his free agent status took a lot of people by surprise.
“I’m the most desired heavyweight in the world. You know a lot of these networks is coming out because I revealed that I was a free agent.” said the Alabama native
“You know before I did, I didn’t make no notion. I didn’t indicate that I wanted to fight with them (ESPN) or if I was with someone else.
“Everybody thought I was with Showtime because I was always fighting on the Showtime platform. Things of that nature.
“Well, when I came out to say oh I didn’t, I’m a free agent. That’s where everything went crazy. We got a lot of deals on the table. But yeah. They went to four fights (with their offer) or whatever.”
Since then, reports of a two-fight deal from Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn have surfaced in what has become a free-for-all to grab TV rights to Wilder.
Showing loyalty to Finkel and Showtime, Wilder looks set to stick with his current platform for a spring return to action.
On what he’ll do now since the Fury rematch is dead, Wilder says it’s likely to be Dominic Breazeale in May.
Massive battles with Anthony Joshua and Fury could now be off the table until late 2019 or beyond.