Hearn: Wilder No Say Where Joshua Fight Happens
While Anthony Joshua is currently on vacation in Dubai, Matchroom Boxing promoter is putting together what it would take for his star to face off against WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder.
“I’m gonna run the numbers, and speak to Anthony, I guess, like, middle or end of next week.”
When Hearn was asked in a recent interview about whether or not Wilder would get a say when the fight would occur, Hearn discussed why that is in no way happening.
“Wilder should have no say in where that fight happens… Why? Because he’s earned eight times less than Anthony’s earned! And he’s sold 4,000 tickets for his last (Nov. 4 versus Bermane Stiverne, at Barclays Center, and the attendance was a solid 10,924, actually). The fight should be where Anthony Joshua chooses.”
And it would make sense to prime that pump, have Joshua and Wilder fight on the same card, allow fans to compare and contrast and salivate. Hearn: “Possibly, if Deontay Wilder is prepared to fight on the Joshua undercard.”
As mentioned on FIGHT SPORTS, Dillian Whyte has been the man that Hearn is aiming to have be the next up to challenge Wilder, even though it seems Wilder is less than willing to do so.
“Even though they’ve made it clear they have no interest in fighting Dillian Whyte. Even though they said they’d fight Dillian Whyte, if it meant fighting Anthony Joshua (after that).
Earlier this week, Hearn met with some of Wilder’s team, and it seems that Wilder’s ask for 50% of the purse is asking a bit too much.
“As I said about the (Nov. 9) meeting (with Al Haymon and Shelly Finkel), there is a willingness to make the fight. But I heard Wilder’s comments about it’s a 50-50. I mean, mate, there’s more chance of me running the New York Marathon in under three hours than that fight being a 50-50!”
Hearn turned the screws some when he was asked if Wilder should be a bigger star in America than he is.
“That’s probably the biggest understatement I’ve ever heard in the history of boxing! Because how can you have the American heavyweight champion, I’m not talking about throwing the javelin, I’m talking about boxing, I’m talking about an exciting fighter, slick dresser, a great talker, a great athlete and a very exciting heavyweight, who is YOUR world champion. And no one knows who he is. Because he doesn’t have a promoter.
“I like Lou DiBella, he’s not his promoter, is he? He just promotes shows that Wilder boxes on. If he had a promoter, the promoter is talking about the fighter every day, is putting strategies for a fighter’s promotion. That’s not happening, who’s doing that for Deontay Wilder. I know the PBC guys say, ‘We’re doing great media,’ but there’s a difference between a promoter and a PR company.”
“Deontay Wilder is going out to run his mouth, because he’s his own promoter. And the reason he’s now known in America is because he’s been promoted poorly. He should be a household name!”