Wilder Declares Himself Network Free Agent
While Deontay Wilder has been appearing on Showtime for the majority of his career, the WBC world heavyweight champion claimed he is not obligated to fight for the network.
Wilder clarified this recently with an interview with Tha Boxing Voice, following his potential opponent, Tyson Fury, signing a $103 million dollar deal with Top Rank and ESPN.
“For me, I think it’s a great thing,” Wilder suggested. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing; it’s a good thing….it don’t hurt the fight. If anything, it hurts the other competition, you know, with (unbeaten, unified heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua, with Fury signing with ESPN and (Joshua is) with DAZN.”
“Of course, it’s always where the money is that’s gonna make the fight right. I’m a (network) free agent; I can fight anyone. I just don’t have to necessarily fight on the networks that I’m on. I can fight anywhere. That’s what so great about me.
“(Fury signing with ESPN/BT Sport) don’t really affect me,” Wilder continued. “If he wants to fight (the rematch), then he’s gonna fight. If not, then we move on to the next one. We have enough guys in the (PBC) stable that we can fight for the next two years… the great thing is, I can maneuver around and do whatever I want. The rematch is still on the table for him. If he wants it, he wants it. If not, then may God be with him.”
Quotes Transcribed by Boxing Scene