By Rich Cheney: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is reportedly saying his fighter Anthony Joshua has no problems fighting Deontay Wilder next if the fight can get made.
Hearn saying ‘if’ the Joshua-Wilder fight can be made is a pretty hint that the negotiations will probably stall out immediately as soon as they star.
What we don’t want to see Joshua having to be dragged into the ring kicking and screaming by Hearn to face Deontay on the night. Joshua has got to want to make this fight. We don’t want Joshua shivering and cringing as he’s led into the ring by Hearn.
It seems that Hearn is no longer requiring that Wilder go through the “peasant” Dillian Whyte, as Wilder refers to him, before he can face Joshua. That’s good news.
Joshua just got rid of his IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in stopping him in the 10th round on October 28th in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua and Hearn can’t use the IBF as an excuse not to fight Wilder. The WBA still hasn’t named their new mandatory for Joshua after Luis Ortiz was popped for a positive drug test recently.
Given the 80-20 purse split that Hearn was said to want for Joshua in a unification fight against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, it’s likely that the Joshua-Wilder fight can’t and won’t be made. If Hearn starts up the Wilder negotiations by telling his promoter Lou Dibella that the starting offer is 80-20 in Joshua’s favor, he’ll be quickly shown the door.
Hearn is going to need to give Wilder a fair deal, as in 55-45 split of the loot. I’m sure Wilder and Dibella will be reasonable and not ask for half of the cash for the fight, but I think 55-45 is a split they would be looking to get for the Joshua match. You have to remember that Wilder is a highly popular champion, and he’ll bring in a lot of fans and increase the buy-rate on Sky Box Office.