Hearn Needs Proof Of Wilder As A Draw
Eddie Hearn needs to see proof that Deontay Wilder is popular enough to do an even split for a unification fight against Anthony Joshua and not finalize an agreement with alternative opponent Dillian Whyte.
As Wilder prepares to defend his WBC world heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on December 1st, Hearn wants to see what Wilder can do not only at the box office, but also as a Pay-Per-View attraction to see if he justifies an even purse with Joshua.
“I think they’ll want to see how the numbers do,” said Hearn, who has not held any talks with Wilder’s team over the last 10 days.
“It [disappointing sales] probably makes it harder, because we look at it and say – ‘Look, you’re not a draw’.
“I actually want it to do better than do worse, because if it does bad, he has zero bargaining position. If it does well, then we’ll accept that. If it does over a million buys, then we will have to look closer to 50-50.
“I just want to make progress. Just have a chat. I don’t expect them to sign the fight before December 1,” Hearn explained as Wilder refuses to open any talks until he’s fought the lineal heavyweight champion. “But the problem is, if we start after December, we’ve got to go through a process that we could be going through now. A bit frustrating.”
“Ultimately, because of the lateness of the fight, we would want an agreement in place with Dillian Whyte, probably going into this fight, for April 13, if we get to a stage where the Wilder fight is not happening… We would like to tie this up, because we don’t really want to wait until December 22.”
Asked about an agreement before December 22, Hearn added. “Yeah, definitely, but obviously subject to him winning, and that’s the pressure, really.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports