WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has accused Eddie Hearn of protecting Anthony Joshua from an undisputed meeting in the future.
Wilder, who defeated Luis Ortiz in spectacular fashion earlier this month, has wanted to face Joshua ever since the Briton claimed his first world title back in 2016.
Despite Wilder’s constant media pleas to get down to serious negotiations, Joshua has instead chosen to fight the likes of Kubrat Pulev (called off), Carlos Takam and now Joseph Parker.
The World Boxing Council – along with other organisations, have always been willing to allow unification contests to out-weight any mandatory, although Joshua and Hearn have been content to stay in the UK and mop up the fighters in the number one position.
This has roundly frustrated Wilder and his advisor Shelly Finkel as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ continues to be patient in the hope one day serious talks will open.
Speaking in an interview with friends of WBN at SiriusXM’s Boxing Radio show, Wilder believes Hearn is deliberately steering the Briton on a different path and has no interest in allowing Joshua to take such a dangerous fight at this point of his career.
“Joshua and them – they do not want to fight me. Eddie Hearn doesn’t have any faith in Anthony,” claimed Wilder to SiriusXM Boxing. “Anthony does not want to face me. If we read between the lines of the language, they always take the lesser guy and lesser opponent that’s easily beatable.”
On his willingness to accept less than a 50-50 deal as previously outlined by Finkel, Wilder added: “They’re always talking about money and stuff like that but I’ve already made it clear – let’s make the fight. Whatever you offer me, I’ll take it. As long as you take it in the rematch.”
A deal around 60-40 could be agreeable to Hearn and Joshua for a Las Vegas showdown once Parker is out the way and the pair are fully on board with attempting to add the final belt to their collection.
This means a return fight could be worth a massive amount to Wilder should he upset Joshua on his home soil and claim 60 percent of a massive Wembley Stadium rematch in the summer of 2019.
Listen to Wilder’s chat with SiriusXM Boxing here