Espinoza Hints At Huge Purse For Wilder’s New Deal
When Deontay Wilder passed up an alleged $120 million from DAZN for four fights on the streaming service, many wondered what the WBC heavyweight champion was thinking.
The offer from the Perform owned service would have seen his May 18th fight against Dominic Breazeale, a series of two fights against unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, and a fourth fight.
Yet, Wilder and his team of Al Haymon, Shelly Finkel, and Jay Deas, decided to remain on Showtime for his 12th fight on the network.
Showtime Sports President, Stephen Espinoza, appreciated Wilder staying out of loyalty to the network that first put him on Pay-Per-View, the idea of Wilder maintaining independence at a similar rate to what DAZN offered.
“We’re not going to publicize all of the financial arrangements, like other have seen fit to do,” Espinoza said following last week’s announcement. “Now, if we did, I think he’d probably receive less criticism. But his financial arrangements are his business, and his business alone. But to be absolutely clear, in general terms, we never saw this as, ‘Be loyal and take a lot less money.’ He has established himself at a certain level, and he’s due compensation of that level. And he’s getting that. He just decided to stay with his current partner in order to continue getting that.”
“It is refreshing, but it’s not surprising coming from Deontay,” Espinoza said of Wilder’s loyalty to the network after passing up other offers or even putting his fight with Breazeale on pay-per-view.
“This will be our 12th fight together. We’ve spent a fair amount of time together and I know he’s a loyal guy. But that’s not the end of the conversation. Loyalty doesn’t mean that you dance with who brought you, even if it means taking one-tenth of what’s available on the open market. That’s not the kind of loyalty we would ever expect. Loyalty means if you are generally in the same neighborhood with the financial opportunities, I think loyalty is the tie-breaker to stay with who got you there. And I think that’s the situation. So that’s why I think it’s important to emphasize that Deontay isn’t making a financial sacrifice.”
Quotes Via Boxing Scene