Wilder Talks “Dishonest” DAZN Negotiations
Earlier this year, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder had many wonder if he was going to make the jump to DAZN to finally unify with Anthony Joshua.
With a rumored $100 million offer for three-fights that included two with Joshua, it seemed the long-awaited fight would happen.
Then Wilder announced that he’d be returning to Showtime to face Dominic Breazeale, and now prepares for a rematch with Luis Ortiz on a Fox Sports Pay Per View.
“I didn’t take the DAZN deal because the people that were representing DAZN were coming with an offer that wasn’t upfront and truthful with me,” Wilder told Boxing Scene. “They came back and apologized to us. They knew they were in the wrong … The money is not going to be the motivator of everything. I bet on myself. I make way more money than what they’re offering anyway.
“They were not honest in the information that was going in the offers, and who’s getting what. I felt that they hesitated to give us a response. They didn’t want to reveal the information, and that was very important information that we needed to make a decision.”
“It is what it is, and I’ll keep it like that,” Wilder concluded as he prepares for Ruiz on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In an interview with Lance Pugmire of The Athletic, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper admitted that he could have handled the situation better. “In retrospect, I was too brash going in there without creating the relationships I needed to create with the people who advised Deontay Wilder. I have now worked to do that. It has to do with going back to the education I needed before getting into boxing … When we left that (Wilder) meeting, I knew we messed up and that we weren’t going to be successful.
“We were impatient, and after having some early success, we wanted to move quickly. Now I understand that I’ve got to work relationships, work within a framework and understand other peoples’ self-interests and needs as well … If I had to do it again, I’d have gone in and said, ‘I’m playing the long game.’ I’m playing the long game with Canelo and GGG, too.”
“Look how god works. If I signed that deal, I would have still been sitting around, waiting for Anthony Joshua, and the fight would not be as big as it was before he lost. We would have lost value,” Wilder summated as Joshua lost his titles to Andy Ruiz Jr back in June and is facing him in a rematch on December 7th.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene