Wilder’s Trainer: We Bent Over Backwards To Get Joshua

The blame game continues between the camps of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, now with Wilder’s trainer blasting Eddie Hearn for avoiding the unification clash.

Jay Deas, who trains the WBC champion feels that this fight may join the list of fights that should have happened, but never ended up in the ring.

“I don’t think that Hearn ever really wanted the fight with Deontay for Joshua,” claimed the trainer in a conversation with the Daily Mail. “There is no question that Deontay bent over backwards, every way you can bend over, to make the fight.”

“They offered us a much, much lower fee — and a flat fee not a percentage — and wanted the fight in England not America, and delayed in answering our questions – everything you can do not to fight, seemed like it was done. Whereas we offered the biggest purse in heavyweight boxing history as a guarantee, plus a percentage, and they didn’t take it.”

Deas believes that there was fear of his fighter from the Joshua camp, which facilitated the mandatory fight with Povetkin to be set up.  And while Deas is worried the this fight may never materialize, he remains confident that the details will be hammered out for a rumored April 2019 clash at Wembley Stadium.

“My fear is that it becomes the Lennox Lewis-Riddick Bowe of its day and it’s a fight that everyone wants but never happens. That’s why we were doing everything we could to make the fight happen. That’s why Deontay took well below market value because he wants to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Deas said.

“You also have to remember: we have two heavyweights who are healthy, whose schedules allow (it), who are still undefeated. So both guys have to live up to their end of the bargain and it’s the heavyweight division, anything can happen.”

“So you never know what can happen to people. It’s real people, real money, real lives and that’s why I’m frustrated it didn’t happen.”


Deas also believes that this fight may not happen because of a Povetkin upset, due to potential distractions. “Joshua should win the fight but he can’t win the fight if he’s not fully-focused and if there are any distractions or a bad camp or he’s looking ahead to anything,” he said.

“Povetkin is a tremendous fighter, he has a fantastic left hook. Dillian Whyte hit Joshua and he has a tremendous left hook as well… the question is whether Povetkin has aged a bit or whether he still has it in him to pull out a great fight. That’s going to be the question and so we will see. It’s a very interesting fight and a dangerous fight.”

Original Post: Daily Mail

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