Wilder Wants April 13 Against Joshua
Deontay Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel has come back with words towards Eddie Hearn, who may be pointing Anthony Joshua in a different direction for his April 13th return to Wembley Stadium.
With Hearn wanting Wilder to take a flat fee of $15 million, the Matchroom boss feels that if Dillian Whyte beats Joseph Parker later in July, they may move Joshua’s stablemate into position.
“On Thursday, Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn stated that if Deontay Wilder doesn’t sign a contract for a proposed April 13, 2019 fight containing the same terms as the ill-fated September 2018 fight with Anthony Joshua, then Joshua would fight Dillian Whyte on that date instead,” Finkel exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I can’t stop Joshua from fighting Povetkin, nor can I stop him from fighting Whyte (who is another Matchroom fighter that Joshua already knocked out.) I am sure that this rematch is something all Anthony Joshua’s loyal fans are clamoring for.
“For the record, and let me be crystal clear, Deontay wants to desperately fight Anthony Joshua but he will not be signing a contract to fight Joshua on April 13, 2019 for the below-market terms he was willing to fight him for in September 2018. That ship has sailed. Even Joshua himself in a recent video admitted that the economic terms to Wilder should be higher.
“When Joshua’s team is serious about making a fight for Joshua, they know how to make that fight happen. This is clearly not the way,” he added.