Parker’s Promoter: Wilder Is Stealing From Joshua
Joseph Parker’s promoter, David Higgins, who is not one to shy away from a microphone, claims Deontay Wilder is being unrealistic in his demands for a fight with Anthony Joshua.
Wilder and Joshua have been mired in negotiations since both men successfully defended their titles in March. The negotiations would break down and open the door for mandatory challenger Alexander Povetking to step in to face Joshua on September 22nd at Wembley Stadium,
Higgins, who is in London for Parker’s fight with Dillian Whyte believes it is Wilder’s demands that are killing any chance of heavyweight unification.
“Let’s be honest, Joshua’s the A-side, he’s a commercial juggernaut, he’s the only man in boxing who’s regularly filling 80,000 seat stadiums. Him and Eddie Hearn have built that. Who’s Wilder to want 50 percent when he hasn’t even sold out his hometown arena? We wanted a good deal and we got a deal but we were also mindful of not being so greedy that they couldn’t do the deal. And that’s what’s happening with Wilder. It’s not Joshua dodging Wilder, it’s that the Wilder side are so outrageously cynical and greedy that they’re killing the deal,” the New Zealander tells Boxing News.
“Of course it’ll happen. It’s [Wilder’s] first big payday. It’ll happen when his expectations come back down to earth. Until then, Eddie Hearn will keep calling his bluff. If they think they’re going to beat Joshua, why do they need 50-50? It’s almost like they see it as their one shot to grab as much money as possible… If I were Joshua and Eddie Hearn, I’d ignore this rubbish about Joshua dodging Wilder, they’re just using that to try to steal money off Joshua basically that they don’t deserve. They’re trying to steal money off Joshua that they don’t deserve. They haven’t earned it, Joshua has.”
Initial Report: Boxing News Online