WBC Pres Doesn’t See Joshua-Wilder Happening In 2018
Even though both Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have made a fight between the two a priority, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman doesn’t expect their heavyweight unification fight to happen anytime soon.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, has given Wilder a two week window to agree to a new deal which would make the fight in the fall in the United Kingdom. Hearn has also begun some talks with WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin as a backup if Wilder and Joshua won’t come to terms.
“Wilder is desperate to have that fight,” Sulaiman claimed to ESPN Deportes.
“They told him that if he wanted to, that he had to go to England and he said yes, and then they offered Joshua $50 million to come to the United States and everything has gotten complicated. Right now it seems that everything is stagnant. Those negotiations will be difficult.”
Wilder offered to pay Joshua $50 Million for a fight this summer in the United States, more than likely in Las Vegas. Joshua was tempted by the offer, but Hearn claims that Joshua would take $30 million for a fight in a UK stadium.
Original Story: ESPN Deportes