American boxer Deontay Wilder has front-footed negotiations for a world heavyweight unification fight with Anthony Joshua, offering his British rival a guaranteed purse of US$50 million (NZ$70m).
@anthony_joshua Mate! I sent this personally this time just so there’s no miscommunication. Tell @eddiehearn to let you personally check his email this time. Btw I sent Your manager Rob McCracken the email as well. I’m looking forward to our meeting in the ring #KingVs#King #BombZquad #TheRealestChampionInTheBusiness
WBC champion Wilder is desperate to fight Joshua who has the IBF, WBA and WBO belts to find an undisputed champion.
Wilder’s promotional team appear to have come up with mega-money for the bout though Joshua’s boss Eddie Hearn has his doubts.
Joshua has been given 24 hours to sign the contract by Wilder’s boss Shelly Finkel.
“We want [Joshua] to fight Deontay in his next fight and we offered him US$50m,” Finkel told Sky Sports UK.
“If he accepts it, it will be there. Al Haymon and I have never not delivered what we’ve offered. If [Joshua] says he is not going to take US$50m, it means he doesn’t really want to fight him next.”
Finkel said the offer contains no rematch clause and that it would be the next fight for each boxer, taking place between September and December at a venue of Wilder’s choosing.