Deontay Wilder has revealed that he is now taking a far more active role in running his own career moving forwards.
The former WBC heavyweight world champion has enjoyed his prime boxing under the guidance of his adviser Al Haymon, alongside manager Shelly Finkel.
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Wilder has consistently fought on Showtime and FOX as a result – the two American TV broadcast networks who Haymon’s company PBC have deals with.
Throughout this time, he’s been a promotional and TV broadcast free agent, as are many of Haymon’s boxers who remain loyal to him regardless of not being tied down to any long-term contracts.
Now though, for the first time, Wilder has spoken out and made a public declaration of his free agency, seemingly calling for promoters to approach him.
The 37-year-old plans to retire at age 40 and intends to get the most out of the remainder of his career.
He has been ordered to face Andy Ruiz in a WBC final eliminator, but a report from ESPN journalist Mike Coppinger last week claimed there was ‘frustration’ between Wilder and Haymon’s PBC over the money for that potential fight.
It’s claimed that, as a result, he is fielding offers from other promoters over his next move.
Wilder has moved to dismiss talk of a fracture in his relationship with PBC, but confirmed that he is talking to other people who could potentially stage the Ruiz fight, or another fight instead.
“I have no problem with PBC,” Wilder said to 78SPORTSTV.
“We’re still thriving, we’re strong, and I think PBC still has some of the best fighters out there.
“I don’t have nothing against PBC, we’re still working together as far as I know of.
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“Me and Al Haymon still communicate, ain’t no bad blood against none of us.
“I’m still part of PBC, still looking to do fights on PBC.
“I’m just an open agent, I’m an open fighter.
“I want to fight on all types of platforms. I’m willing to work with anyone in the business.”
At a separate part of the interview, Wilder claimed he is now ‘taking full control’ of his career and revealed that he is due to head out to the Middle East next week.
He said he will be holding meetings in person to discuss possibly making the Ruiz fight happen, which is a clash he ‘definitely’ still wants.
However, Wilder also discussed former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who is now too a free agent, as a possible option for him.
As an ‘open agent’ fielding offers from promoters, there is no doubt Wilder will be receiving plenty of attention and a variety of proposals in the coming weeks.