Premium Price Offered for Fury-Usyk, Joshua-Wilder; Wilder’s Trainer Eyes Andy Ruiz As An Opponent

Amer Abdallah of Skill Challenge Promotions is confident that a four-man heavyweight tournament in Saudi Arabia involving Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will go ahead.

The Saudi promotional company has made its intentions clear, having signed Usyk in a co-promotional deal in the hope of getting an undisputed fight with Fury.

Meanwhile, Wilder has reportedly agreed terms with the promotional company, too, as a fight with Joshua edges closer.

With that being said, Abdallah let on that the company was willing to pay top dollar to get the fights over the line.

“The offer that will be made from Skill Challenge will be a very good offer. It won’t be one that we’re going to go back and forth with.

“It’s going to be a premium price, and we’re going to offer it to these guys and pay them their market value, if not, maybe even a little bit more.

“We’re going to put on great fights and a great event. If anything prevents this fight from happening it’s because certain individuals don’t want the fight to happen, it won’t be because the money isn’t there,” Abdallah

But before any of that happens, Fury, Joshua and Wilder are intent on fighting once before December. Fury has struggled to find an opponent, while Joshua aims to get out in September.

As for Wilder, his trainer, Malik Scott, has confirmed that his fighter’s next opponent could be Andy Ruiz Jr.

Wilder has been out of the ring since his first-round-knockout win over Robert Helenius last year.

But since that moment, Wilder has struggled to find an opponent. He had been ordered to fight Ruiz by the WBC last year, with the winner becoming mandatory to face Fury.

The fight did not go ahead, but Wilder is still keen on making a return to the ring in September. A fight is seen as vital in preparation for a potential mega-fight in Saudi Arabia with Joshua in December.

Meanwhile, Ruiz has also been out of the ring for a year since his win over Luis Ortiz. The latter’s personal problems have affected his career, as his divorce battle became public with accusations of domestic violence against the fighter.

But for Scott, Ruiz is seen as a potential target.

“That’s the buzz fight right now and it’s looking like that might be the route we end up going. Deontay is in the position where so many big fights are lined up that anything or any opponent can possibly change.

“Andy Ruiz is definitely one of the main options right now and we’ll see where it lands at. In my opinion I’d like to see it at the Crypto Center and I like Vegas,” Scott

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