WBC President: Wilder-Joshua Must Happen
WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman is urging the teams of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder nd WBA, IBO, IBF champion Anthony Joshua to broker a deal for the two to fight in 2018.
According to Sulaiman, the purse percentage negotiations are up to the promoters, and not the fighters to resolve. The President also said that the promotional teams have a responsibility to facilitate a unification match between the two heavyweight champions.
The teams behind Wilder and Joshua has been in contact with each other regarding a potential fight in 2018, but it doesn’t appear likely to be next.
Joshua’s camp is in negotiations for a unification with WBO champion Joseph Parker in the first quarter of next year. The two sides are currently at a standstill as Parker is holding firm at a 65-35 split in favor of the champion. Joshua wants a bigger split at the moment, while Parker and his promoters continue to attack Joshua in the press and in social media.
If the two sides are unable to reach a deal, the thinking is that Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte in a rematch of their 2015 encounter.
Regarding Wilder, the WBC champion made it clear that he wants at least a 50-50 split or the fight will not happen. That would make it very hard to reach a deal, considering the fact that Joshua’s last two fights brought in 90,000 and 78,000 fans respectively.
“If they don’t fight next year, it’s going to be a shame. And whoever gets in the middle of making this fight should be ashamed of himself, because boxing needs these fights. The WBC has done its part, the road is clear and everything is ready for the fight to be made and there’s no reason not to make it,” Sulaiman said.
“The heavyweight division has been the model of boxing and now every possibility is there, it would be a terrible mistake not to make this happen.”