Hearn: A Wilder-Joshua Fight Is Bigger In The U.K
Eddie Hearn, the promoter of IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, much like his client feels a United States fight is a long way off. So much so that Hearn sees no reason to do unification with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in the United States – when the fight is so much bigger in the UK.
Wilder would like to have Joshua come over to the United States to fight him – but Hearn strongly believes the contest belongs on the UK.
“I look at that fight and I think actually the place to build the Wilder fight is here [in the UK]. I mean neither guy is a huge star in America yet – so we’ll have to see – but that fight is huge in Britain, so everything tells me that maybe Britain is the place for that fight.”
One of the issues in making a fight with Wilder, or WBO champion Joseph Parker, is the amount of money that both fighters will demand.
Hearn strongly believes that neither Parker or Wilder merit a 50-50 split of the money with Joshua.
All fighters have egos, and both Wilder and Parker feel that they are superstars in their respective countries.
And if both champions demand or stay at or near a 50-50 split, Hearn does not see those fights coming off.
“That’s one of the problems, because you cannot possibly think that a fighter with the commercial value – like particularly Joseph Parker…. and Deontay Wilder – should warrant anywhere near a 50% split in that pot. And it’s not being disrespectful – it’s just fact.”
“But they will [demand that, because] in their head [they will] think – ‘I’m a champion, my belt is on the line, that is the split.’ If it is [their position], of course, the fights will never happen. But [Wilder and Parker are still] gonna get absolutely giant paydays from fighting Josh on whatever they’re offered. They’ve got to be treated with respect – it’s not just a case of ‘there’s a couple million, take the fight.’
“But they’ve also got to understand the size of Anthony Joshua. But, also we understand that we want the belts, the public wants to see those fights – so we have to try to make them, [and] sometimes a split [is needed] that AJ doesn’t like to get those fights. But we’ll see. He’s in a great position.”