10
Dec
2018

Deontay Wilder willing to take less than 50-50 with rematch clause to seal Anthony Joshua deal

Joshua v Wilder 10/03/2018
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Deontay Wilder representative Shelly Finkel has outlined the WBC champion’s position on a possible undisputed heavyweight battle with Anthony Joshua.

Provided Joshua comes through Joseph Parker on March 31 to become a four-belt champion, the Briton has the opportunity to battle Wilder for the only other belt on offer.

Wilder called out Joshua after his stunning win over Luis Ortiz earlier this month and Finkel says the American doesn’t expect an even split of the purse as Joshua has more titles.

“The fact of the matter is I’m not negotiating on the 50-50,” Finkel told Yahoo Sports.

“If the deal is right, and it’s not exactly 50-50, we’ll take it. That is not an issue. It is a monetary thing. I don’t pay for rent by percentages. I pay for rent by what the fighter gets. And that’s what we’re looking for.”

Giving his thoughts on Joshua and confirming a second clash would be in the offing, Finkel added: “I believe that Joshua is a credit to the sport. He is the perfect storm.

“He won the gold medal at the Olympics in London (back in 2012), being a London fighter, and built his championship there.

“And you’ve gotta give him all the credit in the world. All we want is who we believe is the first or second-best heavyweight in the world to get in the ring with Joshua to prove who’s the best. And we’re willing to do a rematch.

“So if he believes he’s the best, there should be no issue.”

Joshua v Wilder is fast becoming the most talked about fight in boxing as two undefeated behemoths near what would be the first ever undisputed top division bout for all the belts on offer.

Previously the likes of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko were all one strap light during their respective reigns, although any Joshua v Wilder victor would walk away a history-maker and be mentioned alongside those names in years to come.

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