Hearn: Wilder-Fury Deserve 50-50
Heading into 2020, Eddie Hearn admitted something that up until recently that he’s refuted at every turn since 2018, that Anthony Joshua should give an even split to either Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder in a unification fight.
“A lot has changed,” Hearn said. “Let’s be honest, a year ago Fury and Wilder were making a tenth or a fifteenth of what Joshua was making. And Joshua was undefeated, he held four belts, he was the clear king of the division. And both of these guys were offered 60-40, which I thought was the most generous deal that I thought that could be offered. And they both wanted 50-50 and I said ‘sorry, no.'”
“Fast forward twelve months, and you’ve got Joshua losing – but Joshua recaptured the belts and I think that took him to a new level. But Fury and Wilder have fought each other, their profiles have both considerably raised in the U.S. I can badmouth people, but it comes with facts. So when things have changed, I’m big enough to say things have changed – and things have changed. You have Fury doing WWE, you have Fury beating Wilder the first time out. You have Wilder knocking out Ortiz and Breazeale and looking sensational.”
“In my opinion, I still don’t necessarily think they are worth 50-50 – but now I can see the argument,” Hearn continued on the comparison between Joshua, Wilder and Fury. “And it’s going to get to a stage where they will only take the fight if it’s 50-50. And that’s an AJ decision, that’s not an Eddie Hearn decision. I don’t go in there and say ‘this is how it’s going to be, it’s 50-50 and it’s done.’ I’ll tell AJ – ‘this is the only way that you’ll make this fight, is if you give them 50-50, what do you want to do?’ And in my opinion, and I don’t want to put words in his mouth because AJ is his own boss, but he wants those fights so badly – that [50-50] will probably be the deal.”
“Especially the winner of that fight, Wilder-Fury, does deserve the 50-50. But they never did at the time [a year ago], it wasn’t even close back then – but things change.”
Report: Boxing Scene