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Finkel denies Wilder will fight Fury instead of Ortiz rematch

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Deontay Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel has rubbished speculation that his man will back out of his rematch against Luis Ortiz and fight Tyson Fury at the end of the year instead.

The Bronze Bomber made the announcement last month that he would fight Ortiz once again – though no date or venue have yet been confirmed – with a rematch against Fury expected to follow in February or March of 2020.But Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum hinted that the Gypsy King was ready to fight Wilder ahead of schedule after dismantling Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas.

Eddie Hearn went one step further, claiming that Wilder’s team would not want to take the unnecessary risk of potentially losing to Ortiz – and therefore missing out on a huge pay day for the Fury rematch.

But Finkel insists the Ortiz fight will go ahead as planned, telling World Boxing News: ‘At this time, and as Deontay Wilder has told his fans, we are fighting Luis Ortiz. Then we will fight Tyson Fury.

“I’m not sure why this question is being asked, but Deontay’s fight, our next fight, is Ortiz. The Fury rematch will follow.”Three of Wilder’s last four fights have been at the Barclays Center in New York, though Finkel says a venue is yet to be finalised, adding: “Nothing has been confirmed for New York. We are in the process of looking.”

“I don’t think Wilder now will take the risk of Luis Ortiz, which is very bad on Luis Ortiz considering they made him turn down the Joshua fight.“I think they’ll go straight into that fight at the end of the year and the winner will have to fight Dillian Whyte.”


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