Hearn Interested in Wilder-Fury II Purse Bid
The WBC recently announced a Feb. 5 deadline for heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to come to terms for a rematch or else be subject to a purse bid.
In the event of a purse bid, Wilder will get a 60-40 split for the title fight. The WBC’s announcement caught the attention of promoters everywhere, including one Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.
Hearn, who is the promoter of unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, said while he doubt the fight goes to a purse bid, he will go all out on securing the rights to the fight if it happens.
“I’m going to bid a fortune!” Hearn told IFL TV. “But I doubt it will get there. Tyson won’t want 60/40. If he wants 50-50 against Joshua, he should be getting 60-40 against Wilder himself.”
Hearn adds that seeing a 60-40 split could also make him rethink possibly getting either fighter to face Joshua on April 13 at Wembley Stadium. Joshua and Wilder aggressively tried to negotiate and come to terms on an undisputed title bout last year, only for those to fall through.
“If [Fury] wants a split, if he wants 60/40 that can absolutely happen. But 50/50 is not accurate,” Hearn said. “You’ve got a four-belt world champion versus a challenger. That’s the cold hard facts. It’s not a slight on Tyson Fury, it’s not a disrespect, we’ve got a great deal of respect for Tyson Fury. If Deontay Wilder wants 60/40, we can give them 60/40. If Tyson Fury wants 60/40, we can give them 60/40.”
“But that’s not what was asked to be presented to them. Maybe Frank [Warren, Fury’s promoter] is just out of the loop. If he really thinks it’s 50/50, the fight isn’t going to happen next.”
No matter if Wilder-Fury II goes to purse bid or not, Hearn mentions he’s thankful for the WBC’s decree, as it “shakes things up” and allows things to move quicker.
“Fury is an independent smart guy,” Hearn said. “He might be thinking, ‘With all the powers in boxing—Matchroom with Sky (and DAZN), Frank Warren and BT, Top Rank and his deal with ESPN. Fox and Showtime. Can you imagine the bidders for that fight, in our current climate?”
Original Story: Boxing Scene