Hearn: Wilder Should Get Lower Fee For April Fight
The drama between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua continues, as Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, claims Wilder’s fee “should go down” for a heavyweight unification fight.
Joshua is looking to add his name to a contract to face Wilder on April 13th at Wembley Stadium, following a fight this September at Wembley most likely against WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Hearn claimed this week that with a win Joshua’s stock will continue to rise, while Wilder may lose some value.
“He was never on a percentage. He was on a flat fee, which he accepted,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports.
“I think the fee should go down, because Joshua is going to fight Povetkin, and if he wins, his value will increase significantly, and I don’t believe that Wilder will be in a fight that will increase his value.
“We’re going to send them this week a new contract with a new date, and Joshua is going to sign the contract, so it’s even more black and white. A lot of people are saying Joshua wouldn’t sign the contract, you don’t want the fight, so this way it’s – ‘here’s everything you’ve agreed, it’s signed’.
“When you look at a contract and it’s all blank, and then you look at it and there’s Anthony Joshua’s signature on it, it’s a lot more tempting to just get it done, so fingers crossed he’ll sign it.”
“I am not as smart as Eddie, I can’t tell the future,” Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports. “But I can tell you what happened in the past, just look at the last two fights of Joshua and the last two of Deontay and it is obvious who looked better. Having said that, I hope Joshua looks great against Povetkin.
“Barry and Eddie are very smart people. They know how to make a deal when they want to, obviously they also know how to not make a deal when they don’t want to.
“Instead of wasting time and posturing with sending us silly papers that they know is going nowhere. Take the time and put something real on the table. Unless maybe this is their way of killing April, also?”
Original Report: SKY Sports