Anthony Joshua is one step closer to fighting Deontay Wilder! This comes after a $50m offer was put on the table; with talks and negotiations having a positive light. The proposal was set up by Deontay Wilder, and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearns believes that a definitive date will be announced soon. Despite the deadline for the fight proposal being Thursday night, Hearn and Joshua’s representatives are expected to resume negotiations on Friday.
In a statement to Sky Sports News, Eddie Hearn strongly believes that the negotiations are widely open and that a substantial offer will be agreed upon soon.
The WBC champion Wilder unveiled the lucrative offer on his Instagram account on Wednesday. In the deal, Joshua is guaranteed a 50-50 split, and is estimated to rake in an impressive $50m.
Wilder’s representative, Shelly Finkel, confidently affirmed the claims shortly afterwards. However, Hearn who is currently in New York City, is yet to lead formal talks on the said deal.
So whether the fight is a PR stunt to attract public interest, or the real deal, one thing is certain; the public is definitely hooked; and eager to see the fight taking place.
With the same going for the athletes. In truth, this fight will represent much more than a battle of brawns. It will be a contest of bragging rights. A fight between two megaliths with exceptional boxing intelligence and unbeaten records. A fight to determine once and for all, who is the top ‘dawg’ in the boxing arena.
Striking a sweet deal
All that matters now is if the offer presented to Joshua’s representatives will be too sweet to resist. Simply put, the devil is in the detail. In this case, the detail being whether the fight will be a massive money deal.
In retrospect, the whole affair began when Wilder sent an email to Joshua regarding a potential fight. But despite the agreement between the two boxers, there’s a lot of particulars that need to be looked into before ‘putting pen to paper.’ First of all, an effective contract needs to set up to solidify the highly anticipated fight.
Secondly, Wilder still has a mandatory fight with Breazeale. Plus the winner of that fight will face the eventual winner of the Luis Ortiz and Dillian Whyte fight that’s scheduled to take place.
Another factor that concerns Hearn is the venue of the event. With the fight anticipated to rake in massive capital, there has been a brief tug of war whether the fight should take place in America, Wilder’s homeland; or England, where Joshua’s fans have been following the boxer in their hundreds of thousands. In fact, you can check out Waveschamp.com once all the agreements of the fight will be put in place.
A fight for the ages
Recently, Joshua consolidated the WBO, IBF, and WBA titles by defeating Joseph Parker the previous month. On the same note, Wilder also extended his record to an impressive 40-0 by taking down Ortiz a few weeks back.
In the event that he cannot fight Wilder next, Joshua will take on mandatory Alexander Povetkin, Whyte, or even Jarrell Miller; who will be fighting live this Sunday morning at 2am.