Deontay Wilder makes huge 50/50 demand for future Anthony Joshua fight after initial collapse


The American has taken all previous offers off the table

Deontay Wilder has demanded that the Anthony Joshua fight must be “50/50, straight down the line” if it is ever to happen in future.

The 32-year-old champion made this bold statement following the fight’s initial collapse ahead of a target date of September 2018.

Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight world title

Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight world title

Now, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claims he wants to try to make the fight for April 2019, however the American seems less interested.

“We’re moving on now,” said Wilder to Boxing News, after earlier rejecting a new $ 20m two-fight offer from Hearn.

“My goal is to set a record: 51-0. I’m looking to clean out the heavyweight division.

“F*** Hearn. We’re done with that. The $ 50m [offer from Wilder’s backers to make the fight in the US] is off the table. That flat fee I was going to take [$ 15m offered by Eddie Hearn] all that is off the table.

“If they ever come back to us, it’s going to be 50/50 straight down the line.”

Wilder’s 50/50 demand will come as a shock to most observers, who recognise his value in the fight does not equate to parity with Joshua.

The Brit currently holds three of the world heavyweight titles, while his American counterpart has one and AJ has also developed a far bigger profile than Wilder, emphasising the financial disparity between them.

Therefore, a 50/50 demand could be seen as a worrying development in negotiations and a sign that Deontay Wilder is now utterly fed up of dealing with his potential future opponent and his promoter.

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