Hearn Still Skeptical Of Wilder Offer

The squabble between Deontay Wilder’s team and Anthony Joshua’s team continued on Thursday, as Deontay Wilder offered $50 million dollars to Joshua. While that was the desired number for the British boxing star, his promoter Eddie Hearn is a bit skeptical and thinks its a “PR move.”

“If this is serious, with a proof of funds and proper contract, we need to look at it,” Hearn claimed while in New York for the Daniel Jacobs fight.

Wilder claimed this week with the $50 million offer that the fight should be in the United States, while Hearn and Joshua would still prefer the United Kingdom.

Hearn added: “We really want to do the fight in the UK. That’s where we’ve built something incredible and the base of our offer was doing it in the UK.

“But this is substantial money, and if there is something there then we will definitely look at it.

“No disrespect to Deontay but I don’t believe he has that kind of money so I want to know where it’s coming from and who is paying it. We can’t afford to accept a deal that doesn’t exist.”

Shelly Finkel, who acts as one of Wilder’s three managers sent an email to Hearn on Thursday, which outlined the seriousness of their offer.

Per Boxing Scene:

Dear Eddie,

With all due respect you know Al and I for a long time and you know this is not a publicity stunt. I assure you that we’re serious and we would be glad to sit down with you and provide proper security for the funding and work out all the details.

But it all has to start with Anthony Joshua accepting the $50 million offer that he asked for, which is also by far the largest guarantee and largest purse any heavyweight champion in history has ever made.

Until then, it would be non-productive to meet. Please have Anthony accept the offer that he asked for and let’s get this fight made.

Thanks, Shelly


While Finkel sent this email, Hearn is still waiting for something he can sign.

“We won’t know that until we have the meeting or we some paperwork, i.e. an offer from someone who is going to pay the money and a contract with actual proper terms with what they require from Anthony Joshua.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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