Wilder Denies Pricing Himself Out Of Joshua Fight
After Joseph Parker came down from his demand for 50% of the profit split, it seems that a fight between he and Anthony Joshua will happen in 2018, but Deontay Wilder doesn’t seem to budge on wanting a 50-50 split with Joshua.
And now Eddie Hearn claims that Wilder is trying to save face and price himself out of a unification fight. Wilder flat out denies that he’s avoiding the WBA, IBO, and IBF champion Joshua.
With Hearn claiming recently that a fight was close to being agreed upon with Parker, Wilder is nearing a fight with Luis Ortiz, who Wilder was supposed to fight earlier this fall.
Hearn also suggested other opponents are expecting too much, saying: “AJ is that Willy Wonka fight – the golden ticket, the one everybody wants. A lot of people are talking ‘I want this, I want that’ but if you really want it be realistic and come get it.”
But Wilder says the reason that a fight with Joshua has not happened is because Hearn does not want it to.
“That’s just something Eddie Hearn has to say. Because he really does not want this fight. But he done said too much. So the next thing to do, strategy-wise, is to put it [on] the purses,” Wilder told Boxing News.
While Wilder is standing firm at 50% to fight Joshua, Parker is going to receive a split percentage falling somewhere between 30-35%. However, he will receive 55% if he manages to defeat Joshua.
Wilder recently stated that it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he deals with Joshua in a single round – in a similar fashion to what he did to Bermane Stiverne last month in Brooklyn.
“I think I’m the better fighter. Period. I don’t think he’s going to survive in that ring with me. And I tell people, don’t be surprised if I knock him out in the first round,” Wilder said.
“If I’m talking a lot of rubbish, as they say, then hey, let’s find out.”