Wilder Would Take 40% If Offered For Joshua Fight
It seems that if Anthony Joshua wins on March 31st, there will be a unification fight against WBC world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder.
In a new interview with talkSPORT, Wilder claimed that he would be happy to take less than the 50% than he has demanded, but he needs Eddie Hearn to come to the table.
“…when [Eddie] Hearn and his father [Barry] came to America last year, they weren’t talking about Joshua,” said Wilder of Barry Hearn’s talk with Wilders agent Shelley Finkel in November of last year.
“Joshua wasn’t in their mind. They were saying ‘you guys and Dillian Whyte’. Like I said before, I would fight Dillian Whyte no problem. That’s easy.”
“That was the only thing that was going. There wasn’t anything about me and Joshua discussed. Nothing. Not one thing.”
Wilder talked to the claims from Joshua’s team that the Alabama born boxer didn’t make an official offer.
“They come back and said we didn’t make an offer, we didn’t reach an agreement. How can an offer be made when the main subject wasn’t even discussed – we’re talking about Wilder vs Joshua.”
Per a report from Boxing Scene, Wilder made a career high $2.1 million dollars to fight Luis Ortiz on March 3rd, and was offered over double that to fight Dillian Whyte. Wilder turned that down because he claims the people deserve to see Wilder fight Joshua.
Explaining his decision, Wilder continued: “The people want to see the biggest and the baddest and the best fight…
“You’ve got two great guys, two undefeated guys that have knocked out everybody placed in front of them, in their prime… What a special night, what a special fight.”
When given a 60-40 offer, with 60% going to Joshua in the first fight and a rematch clause where the winner of the first fight earned 60%, by host Adam Catterall, Wilder’s answer was only two words.
“I’m there,” Wilder replied.
Original Story: Boxing Scene