Deontay Wilder REJECTS Matchroom’s TWO-FIGHT OFFER as Showtime boss blasts Eddie Hearn’s conduct

Joshua v Wilder 28/06/2018

The heavyweight super-fight everybody was hoping would happen seemingly died for the foreseeable future overnight.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn released his side on the break-up of negotiations and proceeded to offer Deontay Wilder a two-fight deal to basically fight under his banner.

Hearn told IFL TV he would allow Wilder to fight on one of his DAZN shows in October for $5m before facing Joshua at Wembley on April 13, something that won’t have gone down well with Al Haymon or US network Showtime.

Wilder responded to the collapse of talks late on Wednesday evening (US time) and looks to have moved on from the whole situation.

In a statement aimed at Joshua and Hearn’s handling of their negotiations, Wilder said he’s ‘moving on’ in his attempt to overhaul Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 record.

“Dear Boxing Fans, Well, I tried… I tried to give you guys the biggest fight of your lives, The most exciting fight in world history,” said Wilder.
“The first undisputed, undefeated unified heavyweight champion Of the world since (Lennox) Lewis.
“They tried too you know…They asked for jungle deep numbers just to get out of the fight not knowing we were hustlers, so we served’em (The Money’s in da bag)
“Just like a game of spades… What he (Eddie Hearn/Anthony Joshua) do? Just told a bold face lie, he’s not a stand up guy.
“Instead, he wanted to fight in his country, I respect that. They offered me a ‘flat-fee’ (crack head money). Something that’s equivalent to a pack of peanuts, a loaf bread and a jar of honey!
“Look, I represent the dirty south and I am a product of my environment. Bama (Alabama) is where I made it out. This is survival food, so I’m used to it.
“So I said, give me the gun I’ll do it. I just basically took the lowest offer in boxing history for a unified title bout (brain dead).
“My team and I bent over backward accepting everything they threw at us just to find out this boy is terrified of me, p****.
“Three months of tea parties by grown men and they didn’t even have the British hospitality to offer biscuits with the tea! – Damn.
“I said all that past s*** to tell the story and to apologize, I’m sorry guys they played us all.
“F*** ’em! We move forward and the future is still bright 51-0 baby let’s go!”
Earlier, responding to Hearn’s continual denied that anything in writing was put up for the original $50m offer to Joshua, Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza replied to a tweet, by saying: “1. FACT: Wilder offered to provide security and you didn’t respond at all.

“2. FACT: term sheet was sent and you saw it. 3. Deontay has something more important than a contract: LOYALTY. You familiar with the concept? Didn’t think so.”

That prompted Hearn to give a further correspondence by replying: “1. I’m responding to comments that proof of funds were provided – no they weren’t.

“2. I asked for a contract – this was flat out refused. 3. Does Deontay have a contract with Showtime? 4. Goodnight.”

WBN was told exclusively by Shelly Finkel that paperwork was sent and funds were fully backed up for the original $50m offer, which would have seen Joshua make over $100m for two fights to be held either side of the Atlantic.

Regarding the UK deal, which Wilder had the intention to sign despite no date, no venue, no reply over the terms of a one-sided rematch clause and the fact it was basically an incomplete contract, the fight was only called off when the WBA got involved over a mandatory Joshua never asked for an exception for, according to Finkel.

It’s all turned out to be one big mess in the end and now looks likely to see Wilder continue with his career and potentially turn his attention to sealing a future fight with Tyson Fury.