Wilder Set To Make Counter-Offer To Joshua
Following an offer from Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder’s team is ready to make an offer of their own within the next 48 hours.
In a report from Sky Sports, Wilder has rejected a reported flat fee of $12.5 million for a heavyweight unification fight against Anthony Joshua, with his team thinking he’s worth more for a fight of this magnitude.
In an interview on Thursday, Joshua laughed off claims of a unification fight being worth $100 Million, claiming if that were true, he’d take $50 million flat and let Wilder keep the rest in a 50-50 split.
“That’s nice, since he offered us 12.5,” Wilder’s co-manager Shelley Finkel exclusively told Sky Sports. “He thinks that we’re only 12 and-a-half per cent of it?”
Finkel confirmed the inclusion of a rematch clause, and that a deal would be sent by April 13th the latest.
“It will either be today (Thursday) or at the latest tomorrow (Friday). If he wants the fight, it will happen,” said Finkel.
“I would offer him something that gives him both a guarantee and an upside. We are working on how to structure it.
“We believe it’s a minimum of 60 [per cent to Joshua], probably closer to a hundred, but who knows?
“Again, even at 60 [per cent], he offered 20 per cent flat [to Wilder], but he wants 50 per cent flat. Come on. If he wants the fight then either don’t underprice Deontay and don’t overprice yourself.”
Finkel denied reports that Eddie Hearn handed Wilder’s team a “take it or leave it” offer, but claims that he’s concerned about the state of negotiations if Joshua dismisses the offer.
He added: “What we’re going to offer, if he doesn’t take, I don’t know where you go. But it will be interesting.
“I think the world will look at the counter offer and say, ‘if he wants the fight, this should happen’.”
Original Story: Sky Sports