Wilder Won’t Be Beholden To DAZN/Matchroom
While Eddie Hearn believes Deontay Wilder’s managers are “ruining” his career, the WBC world heavyweight champion doubled down his confidence in Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon.
Following Tuesday’s press conference at Barclays Center announcing his return to the ring on May 18th against Dominic Breazeale, Wilder and Finkel discussed the issues that prevented a highly anticipated unification fight with Anthony Joshua in 2019.
“First of all I made the fight for (Wladimir) Klitschko and Joshua, it was 50-50, and the winner got 60-40,” Finkel said of negotiations between the two camps. “So, there’s precedence for it.”
“A year ago we accepted $15 (million) flat, we’re now offered close to triple that… He’s only getting bigger, its only going to be worth more, but when we made he fight with Fury, we didn’t argue about the split… How do we get the fight done?”
“When they’re ready to not think they own us, when they’re ready to make a fight…. ‘Remember April 13th is set in stone, we’re fighting at Wembley.’ That didn’t happen,” Wilder’s co-manager explained. “You can’t fight by yourself, you need the right opponent, and obviously (Jarrell) Miller wasn’t.”
“We don’t chase nobody,” the WBC titlist said of protracted talks with Joshua and Hearn. “A king don’t chase nobody, we’re just tired of sitting around, trying to negotiate with them.” “You can’t negotiate with people who truly don’t want to negotiate. It’s impossible, we’re business people.”
“You don’t burn bridges in boxing, because if you do, it’ll come to a situation (where we are), where I can’t stand them.”