Matchroom head honcho Eddie Hearn has made WBC champion Deontay Wilder and his team an improved offer.
This comes after the Bronze Bomber reportedly accepted a deal prior to the showdown with former unified and lineal champion, Tyson Fury. The promoter, however, has been left “frustrated”. He feels so far, that AJ has been ‘used’ to promote the Wilder Fury fight in LA.
After months of back and forth between the two remaining heavyweight champions, the WBA grew impatient. They demanded AJ fight Russian mandatory Alexander Povetkin. This closed any talks between Joshua and Wilder. AJ went on to win the fight via TKO7.
This led to Wilder declaring Joshua ‘ducked’ him, despite manager Shelly Finkel’s refusal to meet or even reply to Hearn and Matchroom’s emails, Hearn reports.
Believing that Wilder posses too much for Fury, Hearn is keen to begin negotiating the fight as soon as possible. He believes Finkel is not looking after the needs of his fighter. Speaking to iFL’s Kugan Kassius, Hearn questioned Finkel, saying that the contact for the Fury is done – and he should be looking to the future. The contract is subject to Silder winning the fight. They must wait until the Fury is over to start negotiating is not in Deontay Wilder’s best interests.
The new contract has an increased split, and a two-way rematch clause, meaning either fighter could call for a rematch no matter what the result [See: iFL].
Will the AJ fight happen?
This comes after an offer was provisionally accepted was accepted earlier this year.
The world wants this fight to happen. But, looking at the facts, it seems Hearn is the making the moves to initiate dialogue. With Finkel avoiding even discussing the fight, it seems pretty clear he is the ones dragging his heels – not Hearn, or Deontay Wilder for that fact.
Should Fury win the fight, Frank Warren is on record saying he believes the fight is a “50-50 split”. If Warren demands that split, the fight simply will not happen. AJ is a bigger draw that Fury, and has been far more active. With his fighters interests in mind, Hearn cannot accept such a deal.
It remains to be seen if the boxing public will ever get the undisputed heavyweight fight they so clearly demand.