Eddie Hearn didn’t waste any time responding to an offer from Deontay Wilder for a massive undisputed heavyweight unification with Anthony Joshua.
Speaking from New York where the Matchroom boss is promoting Daniel Jacobs v Maciej Sulecki, Hearn revealed his interest in finding out where the $50m guaranteed purse is coming from.
“I got an email from Deontay Wilder, basically offering a 50/50 split of the fight, which isn’t of interest, but with a 50m guarantee which is of interest,” Hearn told iFL TV.
“It said to please respond by tomorrow, which makes it feel like a PR move, especially since it has come from Deontay. But we have to take it seriously.
“If this is serious, with a proof of funds and proper contract, we need to look at it. They are banking on the fight making 20m dollars and Wilder getting 20m against the 12 and a half we offered him.”
On potentially accepting the deal to fight in the United States, Hearn said Las Vegas would be considered but that Joshua wants proof the cash exists before serious talks can begin.
“We really want to do the fight in the UK,” Hearn confirmed. “That’s where we’ve built something incredible and the base of our offer was doing it in the UK. But this is substantial money, and if there is something there then we will definitely look at it.
“No disrespect to Deontay but I don’t believe he has that kind of money so I want to know where it’s coming from and who is paying it. We can’t afford to accept a deal that doesn’t exist.
“I’ve spoke to AJ. He knows the situation but we want to see the money and know it is real.”
Hearn already plans to meet Wilder’s advisor Shelly Finkel over the weekend ahead of his Brooklyn card at the Barclays Center in the hope both sides can reach an agreement for the fight everybody wants to see next.
As both now have mandatory obligations in the pipeline, it’s crucial a deal is reached before the end of the month, although Joshua is thought to want the security of a rematch clause, which wasn’t in the original email.