Wilder’s Manager Claims Joshua Fight Doesn’t Need To Be 50-50
It seems that Deontay Wilder will be lessening his demands for a unification fight with Anthony Joshua, at least that’s what his manager claims.
Shelly Finkel, who has been Wilder’s manager for his entire career, spoke with Yahoo’s Chris Mannix and told him that Wilder won’t demand an even 50-50 split of the purse for a highly talked about unification fight.
“The fact of the matter is I’m not negotiating on the 50-50 [premise],” Finkel told Mannix. “If the deal is right, and it’s not exactly 50-50, we’ll take it. That is not an issue. It is a monetary thing. I don’t pay for rent by percentages. I pay for rent by what the fighter gets. And that’s what we’re looking for.”
Even though Wilder has been claiming a 50-50 split is a sticking point, Finkel told Mannix that Joshua’s star power, certainly influences negotiations.
“I believe that Joshua is a credit to the sport,” Finkel said. “He is the perfect storm. All we want is who we believe is the first or second-best heavyweight in the world to get in the ring with Joshua to prove who’s the best. And we’re willing to do [a contract with] a rematch [clause]. So if he believes he’s the best, there should be no issue.”
According to Finkel, the two sides have not spoken since November 29th, when Finkel met with Barry, not Eddie Hearn, the found of Matchroom Boxing.
“And he said that he believed he could bring more people to Vegas, at a higher ticket price, that we would make more money than if we fought in the UK. I said to him, ‘We’re open to fight either place. If you’re ready, we could make a deal…. We haven’t asked for anything. When they make these ridiculous statements, I’ll counter just to save face. We’re ready to fight him. We’re ready to do it whenever.”