Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder is the fight the public want to see but $100m showdown is still miles away as talks over money drag on
- Anthony Joshua’s proposed fight with Deontay Wilder is still a way off happening
- Wilder’s demands of a 60-40 split in his favour angered Joshua’s promoter
- Eddie Hearn’s four-letter riposte was followed by conditions to a potential offer
- Hearn will base next offer off number of PPV sales his fight with Tyson Fury does
- Dillian Whyte is the best alternative to face Joshua should Wilder talks fail again
Fast Eddie has morphed into f-you Eddie upon Deontay Wilder telling him he will drop his demand from a 60-40 split in his favour to a straight 50-50 for a fight against Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world at Wembley Stadium on April 13.
Mister Hearn’s four-letter riposte was followed by this statement of Joshua’s terms, graduated against pay-per-view sales for Wilder’s world title fight with Tyson Fury in Los Angeles on December 1:
200,000-plus buys – 80 per cent for Joshua, 20 per cent for Wilder;
300,000-plus buys – 70-30;
500,000-plus buys – 60-40.
Everyone wants to see Anthony Joshua face Deontay Wilder, but the fight is miles away
So how about 50-50? Only if Wilder-Fury pulls in one million or more viewers. And the likelihood of that according to Hearn? Not a cat in hell’s chance.
All this even before the twice-failed negotiations start again. And there is still a dispute over when they will resume real talks, as Hearn has also pointed out in America.
He wants a deal in principle before the Gypsy King and the Bronze Bomber get it on in L.A.. The Wilder team are waiting until the Fury fight is over, expecting yet another spectacular KO by their man to send his value through the roof on both sides of the Atlantic.
WBC champion Wilder has angered Joshua’s camp after demanding a 60-40 split in his favour
That would also add the Gypsy King’s lineal title to the Bronze Bomber’s own WBC belt, as against AJ’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO collection.
So fast was Eddie in responding that he became a mite confused himself, adding: ‘A 65-35 split in favour of AJ might be fair.’ That marks an improvement on the $15 million flat fee he initially offered Wilder, and on the 34 per cent Joseph Parker received when he lost to Joshua.
But however they divvy up the numbers for a fight potentially worth $100m the two parties appear as many miles distant as those hundred million viewers.
Wilder believes he is being generous, telling his US broadcasters: ‘I should get 60-40 after I KO Fury but to make this fight happen for the fans I’m willing to take 50-50.’
Hearn, dropping almost as many f-bombs as Wilder has knock-outs on his record, said: ‘Idiot. f*** off. Don’t waste my f****** time.’
Eddie Hearn unleashed an expletive-filled tirade in response to Wilder’s demands
To emphasise Joshua’s claim to be the bigger box office attraction, Hearn told iFL TV: ‘When Wilder f****** walks into any city or town in America no-one knows who the f*** he is.’
Another massive statement by Wilder’s sledgehammer right hand on December might well change that perception, however.
That made Hearn shrewd in trying to get a ball-park figure from Wilder’s promoters in advance of that fight which he could hold against them when they do get back around the table.
But they are not buying. And the latest outbursts have reopened the betting on who Joshua actually will fight next. Take your pick from:
Dillian Whyte, who remains the favourite, albeit for a rematch of a first fight which ended with him knocked out.
Hearn will base his offer to Wilder off the pay-per-view sales of his fight with Tyson Fury
That will be a hard sell and Whyte has yet to win a late-December run-out against a trial horse who may or may not be Dereck Chisora – in yet another rematch.
Jarrell Big Baby Miller, another of Hearn’s Matchroom stable but who they would like to save for a US debut by Joshua early in 2020. Although he would help boost viewer ratings for Hearn’s DAZN streaming partners in America.
Olexsandr Usyk, the undisputed world cruiserweight champion who has been drawn into the Matchroom circle for a title defence against Tony Bellew next month, with a view to moving up to face AJ. But ideally not as soon as April.
Luis King Kong Ortiz – not if they can help it since the Cuban southpaw is another knock-out artist.
Dillian Whyte (L) is the favourite alternative with Joshua looking for an opponent for April 21
Kubrat Pulev, the Bulgarian veteran who will be the IBF mandatory challenger if he beats Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie in a title eliminator in Sofia this Saturday. So Hughie if he wins? Methinks too soon.
But Joshua v Wilder is the fight the public want to see, and for which they will clamour ever more loudly if the American becomes the first man to beat Fury.
That is something of a dilemma for Hearn since Joshua is keen to strengthen his legacy by becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champ since Lennox Lewis and would fight anyone, the original King Kong included, to do so.
So what are the odds on Joshua v Wilder next spring?
Sadly, at the moment, not even close to 50-50.
Source: Read Full Article