Hearn Says Wilder Won’t Get “Charity” To Fight Joshua
Anthony Joshua may be making a trip to the United States soon to gauge how serious Deontay Wilder and his team are about a unification fight later this year.
While Wilder has made it known very publicly that he wants a crack at Joshua and his now four world titles. Now, it is up to Wilder and Joshua’s handlers to sort it out. One of the big issues, per an interview with Boxing Scene, is Joshua not willing to give Wilder an even split of the purse.
“It’s the same thing, always,” Joshua said regarding overpaying opponents following his unanimous-decision defeat of Joseph Parker on Saturday night in Cardiff. “So I said, ‘Let me get all of these belts now, and then I’m gonna be one of the most powerful men sitting on this side of the negotiating table.’ So why do I have to do all this work to still have to give someone a bonus? Can I get a bonus now? You know what I mean? Can I get a little pat on the back now? So that’s how I see it as well. It’s a bit of a Catch-22.”
Hearn is on the same page as his fighter, claiming that its about time Joshua stop giving away “charity” paydays for fights.
“From the debut, we’ve had to overpay [opponents],” Hearn said. “And it’s gone all the way up to the 21st fight. And now you flip that Don King quote, and say, ‘No, no, no. [Wilder will] get what he deserves.’ Because he hasn’t worked this hard to get all these [titles] and to get in the position [Joshua has] got and the atmosphere he’s got tonight, just to give – it’s not a charity.”
While many would think Joshua’s reported $18 million dollar payday would be more than enough to the $7 million made by Parker to travel to the U.K, Wilder reportedly wants more than that in a final unification match up.
Outside of the money, both Wilder and Joshua have potential opponents in Dillian Whyte for Wilder and Jarrell Miller for Joshua, but Hearn knows the fight must happen this year.
“I think it has to happen in 2018,” Hearn said. “Otherwise, we’re getting into some major problems with the politics and the mandatories. So it’s just a case of whether it happens next, or if we fight in the summer, what happens then. But like AJ said, if they stepped up and actually were serious about the fight, and serious about a deal that we’re more than fair to offer them, it could happen next. But with them, they’re so erratic and unpredictable, I don’t what to believe.”
Joshua wants to come to the States soon and see how serious the Wilder side is about a fight.
“I’’m not into the business of hype, hype, hype, talk, talk, talk, talk. And I’d love to kind of maybe go to America with Eddie or [trainer] Rob [McCracken], and look at the landscape and see how serious they are, you know?”
Original Story: Boxing Scene