Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder: WBC champion makes $50m offer for fight

26 April, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel detailed the terms of the offer on Wednesday night

"I got an email from Deontay Wilder, basically offering a 50/50 split of the fight, which isn't of interest, but with a $50m guarantee which is of interest", Hearn told iFL TV.

If the fight generated more than $100 million, which Finkel believes it could, Joshua would make even more, and if it lost money, the Wilder side would be on the hook to pay Joshua.

Hearn had earlier offered Wilder US$12m (NZ$17.5m) for the fight.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Finkel confirmed a take-it-or-leave it $50m (£35.9m) offer had been made, with a deadline of "close of play on Thursday" (Friday 12am United Kingdom time). "I'll see you soon then". "I got something special for you", Wilder said.

The WBC king's co-manager, Shelly Finkel, said Joshua's team have 24 hours to respond to the take-it-or-leave-it offer, sent via email to AJ, Hearn, and his trainer Rob McCracken.

The end of the video showed footage from a previous Joshua interview in which he stated he would face Wilder if their team brought him $50 million up front.

"To me, this look like a PR move, but it's something we obviously take seriously", Hearn said.

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"There's no second fight in the offer".

The Matchroom boss has since countered the deal with terms he wants in place in order to consider and ultimately accept the offer. And quite a lot of other things, as well.

"We'll see how badly he wants the fight", DiBella told the newspaper.

Hearn is in NY this week because he is promoting an HBO doubleheader at Barclays Center in Brooklyn headlined by Daniel Jacobs against Maciej Sulecki in a middleweight world title eliminator.

Hearn told Sky Sports: "We don't how real it is". While he is here, he, Finkel and Haymon are scheduled to meet Friday to discuss a Joshua-Wilder deal.

Wilder moved to 40-0 with 39 knockouts after his technical knockout win over Luis Ortiz in March, while Joshua handled Joseph Parker by unanimous decision the same month and improved to 21-0 with 20 knockouts.

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