Joshua Willing To Take Less Money To Fight Wilder In UK
According to Eddie Hearn, its not all about the money for Anthony Joshua.
Joshua per a report from the Telegraph, is ready to turn down a $50 million dollar offer from Deontay Wilder, so the two heavyweight champions can have their unification fight in the United Kingdom.
In an interview with Gareth Davies, Hearn claimed there will be a final decision on the fight withing the next three weeks, and claims Joshua who holds three of the four recognized titles, should have home field advantage.
Per Hearn, Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium and even the Olympic Stadium are three possible homes for a potential September clash.
“One thing is for absolute certain, AJ wants Wilder next,” Hearn said.
“He’s made that clear. He also feels though, after talking to Rob McCracken, his trainer and manager, that this is a fight that should be delivered in the UK. One for the fans and two, he feels like he’s earned that right.”
Hearn told Telegraph Sport that it is a 70% chance that the heavyweight unification fight between the two will happen, but Hearn claims “a lot of it depends on Wilder’s attitude towards it all.”
“Certainly we don’t have a problem if Wilder was to win the fight, doing a second one in America. He would have earned that right.
“As a fighter, AJ doesn’t care where the fight is. He doesn’t know enough about the game. But Rob was like, ‘Why go to America?’ There’s a difference in going when it [the money] is not life-changing.
The Matchroom Boxing head is claiming that while fighting in the UK is an advantage, but there is a bigger reason that Joshua wants to fight at home, the fans.
“Yes, [fighting in the UK] is an advantage. But AJ genuinely is thinking more of the fans in his decision. How many would we be able to get in America? Maybe 6,000 to 10,000 fans. AJ said: ‘Is that it?'” Hearn claimed to Davies.
“When you’re dealing with 90,000 and he could bring an undisputed championship fight to Britain, AJ is genuinely interested in that stuff. The old saying about how you have to go to America to make it big, I don’t see that anymore. That’s not in AJ’s mind.
“I think Rob’s feeling is as an ex-fighter you should fight for these belts on your turf. There’s an interview AJ did after his last fight that has been played back a few times and he basically says, for years and years British fighters have had to go to America for the big fights.
Original Story: The Telegraph