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.
“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.