Wilder Looks To Be Highest Paid Athlete
In 2018, Canelo Alvarez signed the richest contract in sports history, with a $365 million deal with DAZN, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder feels he’ll be passing him soon.
Wilder, who was offered $100 million this year by DAZN, signed an undisclosed deal with Showtime to remain with the network for his May 18th fight with Dominic Breazeale.
But, with his future unknown after Breazeale, Wilder hopes for his rematch with Tyson Fury, or his highly anticipated unification fight with Anthony Joshua.
“It won’t be difficult for me to make those fights with Fury and Joshua. I’m betting on myself. I move as I please. Those guys, they have to do as they are told. I make commands and demands. They take them. That’s the difference between me and them. I’m like the wild card in all this. I move where I want. I can move freely. Soon I will be the highest paid athlete in the world. If no one believes it, just watch. You’ll see. The DAZN deal wasn’t right. You can’t do a deal if you don’t know the other parts of the deal. If information is withheld from you, how can you proceed further?,” Wilder said to Daily Mail.
‘I am not in the business of just trying to take some money because you see a number. That’s not me. That’s never been me. I look at the bigger picture. You sell me a number and I know there’s going to be a bigger number than that. They saw a guy they thought they could throw some money at and that would be it but they found out the hard way. We came in serious and we were looking for serious answers and we didn’t get them and for that reason we had to leave until a further time.”
“Boxing’s like the weather: it can change instantly,” Wilder said of the road to fights with Fury and Joshua. “Although everybody is split up going different ways, the greatest thing about this situation with all three of us is that the doors are still open. Talks are still being talked. Negotiations are still in session. After the three of us fight these fights, it’s time for real serious negotiations. Real serious talks. No playing around. I don’t have time to play around. I have got a lot of things going on in my life, the correct way. What’s owed to me will come to me,” Wilder said.
“I want to fight those guys. I want to see one champion, one face, one name. I want to see it done the right way, the fair way. We can go away and say we did it, we can hug it out, and we can go back and support our families.'”
Initial Report: Daily Report