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Did Eddie Hearn make eight-figure bid to Tyson Fury for Anthony Joshua?

World Boxing News 17/01/2019

📸 Ed Mulholland

Following Frank Warren’s recent response to an offer made by Eddie Hearn to Tyson Fury, WBN has been informed what the extent of the Anthony Joshua bid may have been.

Warren labelled the offer ‘derisory’ in a recent interview, stating the only deal acceptable to Fury was an even split.

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“Certainly not, we’ve never had that offer,” Warren told Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph in a face-to-face chat over a 60-40 deal.

“No offer’s been sent to me. Hearn sent an offer straight to Tyson over the weekend but it certainly was not 60/40. It was quite a derisory offer for Tyson.

“So that’s it. We haven’t even responded to it it was so derisory. (Tyson wants) 50-50. It’s as simple as that.”

Thus far, no official numbers have been made public. But WBN understands Hearn was willing to pay Fury a mammoth £15,000,000 in straight cash to face Joshua on April 13.

Fury stands to make double what he earned for the first Deontay Wilder fight if he accepts Hearn’s late proposal.

‘The Gypsy King’ (📸 Esther Lin) remains set on facing Wilder again. With the World Boxing Council recently ordering talks to be concluded before February 5th.

“Consistent with the WBC Board of governors voting regarding the direct rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury,” said the WBC in a statement on Wednesday.

“The WBC is hereby notifying both camps that the free negotiation period is opened. Also, if there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be conducted by the WBC.

“This will take place on Tuesday February 5th.

“The WBC has modified the 70-30 split. 60-40 has been confirmed in favor of the champion Wilder considering the market value of Fury.”


SPLIT

Despite the WBC announcement, Hearn is unfazed and would be willing to give Wilder or Fury a similar deal to face Joshua.

Therefore, The Matchroom boss is open to shifting his position.

Speaking to IFL TV, Heard said: “Tyson Fury was made a financial offer (WBN understands £15m), not a split offer because that is what he requested.

“If he wants a split and he wants 60/40, that can absolutely be discussed.

“50/50’s not happening right now for this fight. You’ve got a four-belt world champion against a challenger.

“We respect Tyson Fury, we rate him as a fighter. It’s not about disrespect, it’s just about business.

“So for all these guys, Deontay Wilder, if he wants 60/40, he can have it as well,” he added.

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