These negotiations feel like they have gone on forever and they don’t seem like they will end anytime soon
Will Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder ever fight?
It seems to be the eternal question that for all the talk from both sides, we seem no closer to knowing the real answer for.
Deontay Wilder is the WBC champ
Recently, Deontay Wilder he would fight AJ in a heavyweight division unification fight, but only if it was a 50/50 split.
With Joshua holding the IBF, WBA (super), WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Wilders WBC, it seems like Joshua would be the bigger name and command the bigger purse, from afar.
Add into that the fact that AJ has sold out stadiums in the UK, his star power against WIlder is hard to deny.
Speaking to Boxing Social, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn addressed Wilder’s claim he deserves a 50/50 split and named when they could fight.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have delivered for Joshua
“November is the ideal date to make that fight [Joshua vs Wilder],’ Heard told Boxing Social. ‘He [Wilder] was talking about he wants 50/50 – you know what, let the guys get on with their fights. ‘Let him fight Breazeale, I hope he wins that fight.
“Let AJ try and deal with Baby Miller at MSG and then we’ll try and make the fight. November, December is the date of that fight. ‘Usyk is the mandatory for the WBO so he’ll be called as well. The undisputed fight would take priority of that and the winner would fight Usyk.’
Although Hearn only mentioned the split in passing in that interview, he would go on to tell iFL TV the Bronze Bomber doesn’t deserve it.
Eddie Hearn has promoted Anthony Joshua from his pro debut
“He doesn’t deserve 50/50,’ Hearn said. ‘It’s up to AJ, because he may never get the fight. ‘It doesn’t sound to me like a guy who really wants to fight. Maybe he’s saying that because he knows he won’t get it.”
With Dominic Breazeale next up for Wilder and rematch with Tyson Fury waiting in the wings, will we ever see one of the biggest money fights in boxing with all the titles on the line?