Hearn Gives Wilder A Make-Or-Break Deal
Eddie Hearn has given Deontay Wilder an ultimatum of 48 hours to accept an offer to fight Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight unification fight.
In a story first reported by Gareth Davies of the Telegraph, Wilder has been offered a flat fee of £8.8 million ($12 million USD) to fight Anthony Joshua and unify the heavyweight division.
Per Davies report, Joshua and Eddie Hearn have sent a contract to Wilder and his team, but nowhere in the agreement does it mention when or where the fight would take place, or even if Wilder is Joshua’s next opponent.
Both sides have been engaging in public negotiations, with Joshua and his team have claimed to have submitted three offers to Wilder for a fight that would gross per Davies at least £60 million.
Shelly Finkel, who acts as Wilder’s co-manager claims that the offer for $12 million was “the first offer” which featured a flat fee and no further information of a date or location of the fight.
If Wilder is to accept the flat fee, the two sides would discuss an even purse split for a rematch, regardless of either Wilder or Joshua walks out as undisputed champion.
The contract’s rematch clause also allows for a second fight to take place in the United States following a stadium fight at either Wembley or Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
“It was a take-it-or-leave-it offer,” Finkel told The Telegraph. “We will respond appropriately in the next day or so with our counter offer. If Joshua is serious, we will take the fight.
“Deontay wants this fight. He doesn’t want anyone else.”
Original Story: The Telegraph