Hearn to Wilder: Take Control of Your Career
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and his team seem to have moved on from a potential undisputed title fight with Anthony Joshua, but Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, urges Wilder to fight against his team’s wishes for the sake of his own career.
For a better part of 2018, both sides were in intense negotiations, with fight location, date and money at the forefront. Wilder even offered Joshua $50 million to have the fight in U.S. At one point, it looked like a fight would be finalized, but small details to the contract — as well as a mandate from the WBA for Joshua to fight Alexander Povetkin — put a halt to those plans.
Wilder will now return in two weeks to defend his WBC title against Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Meanwhile, Joshua will make his U.S. debut two weeks later when he defends his unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO titles against Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden.
According to Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, Wilder is booked up for 2019, meaning a title unification bout with Joshua wouldn’t be likely until 2020 at the earliest. Hearn believes Wilder will most likely defend against Breazale successfully and then have a rematch with Luis Ortiz before facing Adam Kownacki.
But Hearn says Wilder has the ability to do more for himself by fighting Joshua.
“I can’t understand — if you’re Deontay Wilder, why would you not fight Anthony Joshua for double, triple the money you’re making anywhere else. It’s there for him,” Hearn told IFL TV. “I know that [Luis] Ortiz has already been promised the Wilder fight, I know that [Adam] Kownacki has already been promised the Wilder fight. So we’re not just talking about 2020, we might be talking about 2021 when Wilder’s available. It’s b****** for the sport of boxing it really is and it’s annoying because certain people without the brain capacity presume that Joshua doesn’t want to fight Wilder — you couldn’t be more wrong.
Take control of your own career. He always says in interviews, ‘these promoters don’t let you do this and you’ve got to be in control of your own career.’ If you want the fight, take control of your own career.
Original Story: Boxing Scene