Wilder Wants 50-50 Split With Joshua
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes that he can knock out Anthony Joshua in one round. The only problem is that Wilder wants a 50% cut and that may knockout the fight before a bell rings.
Right now the sticking point in finalizing a fight between Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker, is Parker’s demand for at 35% in a financial split, with Joshua receiving 65%. At the moment Joshua is looking to get a bigger piece of that pie.
That type of split does not work for Wilder.
Wilder says a fight with Joshua, which many view as one of the biggest matches in boxing, is the type of contest that will make the entire sport take notice – and he strongly feels that a 50-50 split is necessary to do that fight.
“It is a great fight, it is one of the biggest fights in the world and everyone wants it. It will be 50-50 or else we don’t see a fight.”
“If they want to use splits, not to make a fight happen, then so be it. It is not like I am asking for more, I’m saying this is a 50-50 fight and that’s how it is. In the rematch, then we can talk about 60-40 splits or whatever. That is more acceptable.”
Wilder is very confident in his punching power, and only Bermane Stiverne has been able to take Wilder the distance.
But they met in a rematch last month, and Wilder knocked out Stiverne in the first round at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
And Wilder feels the same exact outcome can take place against Joshua.
“I knock Joshua out and don’t be surprised if it is in the first round. But I definitely knock Joshua out,” Wilder said.
“When it all boils to this beautiful fight happening, they are not going to care about the splits. On this night, on this day, [in] this moment, they are going to care about who is the best — officially. And at the end of the night, they will take away a brilliant fight and they will understand who is the best in the world. They will have one champion, one name, Deontay Wilder, who will be standing with his hands in the sky.”