Shelly Finkel, the co-manager for WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, has revealed the next three fights planned for the American boxer.
The Bronze Bomber picked up a stunning first-round knockout against Dominic Breazeale last week at the Barclays Center in New York City.
There have been rumblings that the 33-year-old Alabama-born boxer would have a rematch with Luis Ortiz in 2019, though Finkel was quick to suggest that the deal has not been finalised for the bout.
“No, [the Ortiz rumours are] not true,” he told the Sun.
“That is something we are working on now, hopefully by next week it will be resolved.
“I had dinner the other night with John Skipper [DAZN chairman], we discussed the Joshua fight and I also have been in touch with Top Rank [Tyson Fury’s co-promoters].
“In the next two weeks everything will be done, it will be said publicly what we’re doing and I believe the UK fans will also be happy.”
While Ortiz, who was knocked out at the hands of Wilder, is one of the names on the Bronze Bomber’s radar, his co-manager said that the other two fights would be a potential unification match with Anthony Joshua and a rematch with Tyson Fury.
“We’re working on that, and those three fighters [Joshua, Fury and Ortiz],” he explained.
“Deontay will be fighting all of them in a succession, which we will hopefully work out in the next couple of weeks.”
AJ, who is set to face Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on 1st June, has also admitted that he would be filled with regret if he didn’t fight against Fury or Wilder before he called it time on his career.
“It’s very important to me these fights happen. It’s the history. My legacy,” he said (via the Daily Mail).
“If I fight and beat these men, I will eventually retire with a smile on my face. If not, massive regrets.
“We’re doing our best to get ’em on but I know it won’t be us fighting each other next. Alternative fights are already on the agenda.”
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