WBC heavyweight champion Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (40-0, 39 KO’s) is reportedly willing to accept 40% from his unification fight against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as long as he can get 60% if a rematch happens.
After defeating Luis Ortiz last weekend, Wilder perfectly set himself up for a bout against Joshua, should the Englishman end up defeating Joseph Parker at the end of the month.
Negotiations between the representatives of Wilder and Joshua began after Joshua scored a TKO victory over Wladimir Klitschko last year, however, talks broke down as the two camps could not reach an agreement.
Wilder suggested this weekend that he would be happy to return to negotiations to discuss a deal.
“Nothing has been offered, nothing,” Wilder said. “Even when [Eddie] Hearn and his father [Barry] came to America last year, they weren’t talking about Joshua.
“Joshua wasn’t in their mind. They were saying ‘you guys and Dillian Whyte’. Like I said before, I would fight Dillian Whyte no problem. That’s easy.
“As long as you have Joshua on the end of that, we’re good. And they didn’t even want to make that
happen… That was the only thing that was going. There wasn’t anything about me and Joshua discussed. Nothing. Not one thing.
“They come back and said we didn’t make an offer, we didn’t reach an agreement. How can an offer
be made when the main subject wasn’t even discussed – we’re talking about Wilder vs Joshua.”
He continued: “The people want to see the biggest and the baddest and the best fight. Most of these
people are going to say this is the best of their era.
“It doesn’t get any better than that special moment. I’m going to offer you 60/40 split in his [Joshua’s] favour first fight, rematch clause, winner gets it the other way around – are you accepting that?” host Adam Catterall asked.
“I’m there,” Wilder replied.
Wilder could be making a bad decision. Joshua is younger than him and could well end up beating the 32-year- old. If that is to happen, then there is a good chance that there will not even be a rematch between the two giants in 2019.