Hearn Responds to Wilder’s Purse Demand
In a recent interview, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder has made it clear that he wants nothing less than a 50-50 split the day that he meets WBA/IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champ Anthony Joshua.
Wilder is scheduled to defend his title against Luis Ortiz on March 3, while Joshua and WBO Champion Joseph Parker meet in a unification bout on March 31. Should Wilder and Joshua win, it’s likely the two may finally meet in an anticipated showdown to determine the greatest heavyweight in boxing today.
Revenue split was a factor in the negotiations for Joshua vs. Parker as well. Joshua is receiving 65-70 percent of the purse. If Parker wins the March 31 title bout, however, Joshua will only be entitled to 55 percent in a rematch.
According to Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, Joshua was willing to take on Wilder before facing Parker. But Hearn claims that Wilder’s firm 50-50 stance made him more difficult to negotiate with. Hearn tells The Guardian that he and Joshua refuse to allow Wilder to take half of the revenue in a fight between them.
“We were up for fighting Wilder now,” Hearn said.
But it’s very easy to kill a fight. And you kill a fight by coming out with an unrealistic remark like: ‘I won’t take one percent less than 50-50 or there’s no fight.’ We look at that and say: ‘Mate go away, don’t waste our time.’ We would love Wilder to be next but he’s got delusions of grandeur.