Hearn Doesn’t Want to Give Wilder 50-50
Heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder already have their next title defenses booked, but that isn’t stopping talk surrounding a potential undisputed title fight.
Wilder is set to defend his WBC title against Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, while WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Joshua will defend all his gold two weeks later against Jarrell Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
DAZN, the platform Joshua fights on, attempted to sign Wilder last month to a multi-fight deal that included two fights with Joshua at $40 million each. Wilder rejected the offer, however, claiming he was never told what Joshua would be making from each fight.
Wilder is headstrong on a 50-50 split for an undisputed title fight with Joshua, something Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, strongly disagrees with.
“He doesn’t deserve 50/50,” Hearn told iFL TV. “‘It’s up to AJ, because he may never get the fight.’ It doesn’t sound to me like a guy who really wants to fight. Maybe he’s saying that because he knows he won’t get it.”
Nonetheless, as long as both men are successful in their defenses, Hearn will try to make the fight one more time. But he isn’t afraid for Joshua to look at other options, including Oleksandr Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion who is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBO title. Wilder is also dealing with the potential of a rematch with Tyson Fury sometime down the line during Fury’s co-promotional deal with Top Rank and ESPN.
“November is the ideal date to make [Joshua vs Wilder],” Hearn told Boxing Social. “[Wilder] was talking about he wants 50/50 – you know what, let the guys get on with their fights. Let him fight Breazeale, I hope he wins that fight. Let AJ try and deal with Baby Miller at MSG and then we’ll try and make the fight. November, December is the date of that fight.
“Usyk is the mandatory for the WBO so he’ll be called as well. The undisputed fight would take priority of that and the winner would fight Usyk.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene