Wilder of­fers Joshua $50m for mega-fight

Weekly Trust - - Interview -

Deon­tay Wilder told An­thony Joshua “the money’s in the bag” as prospects rose on Wed­nes­day of a block­buster world ti­tle uni­fi­ca­tion bout be­tween the un­beaten heavy­weights.

In a Twit­ter video posted on Wed­nes­day, Amer­ica’s World Boxing Coun­cil world cham­pion Wilder backed up re­ports that his camp had emailed Bri­tain’s Joshua and his pro­moter Eddie Hearn an of­fer of a min­i­mum of $50 mil­lion.

“I’ve got some­thing spe­cial for you,” Wilder tells Joshua in the video. “By the way, all the money is in the bag. I ex­pect you’ll be a man of your word.”

Joshua, who uni­fied the World Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion, In­ter­na­tional Boxing Fed­er­a­tion and World Boxing Or­gan­i­sa­tion heavy­weight ti­tles by out-point­ing New Zealand’s Joseph Parker on 31 March, had al­ready been recorded say­ing he’d “take $50 mil­lion up front” to fight Wilder.

The Los Angeles Times re­ported that Wilder pro­moter Lou DiBella had con­firmed the of­fer for a fight in the United States some­time be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber.

“We’ll see how badly he wants the fight,” DiBella told the news­pa­per. “An­thony Joshua has said he’d ac­cept this of­fer. If Eddie Hearn is not look­ing to stop it from hap­pen­ing, they now have an ex­tra­or­di­nary of­fer to con­sider.”

ESPN re­ported that both camps had con­firmed the of­fer, adding that it was for one fight, with no re­match clause, and would have to be the next bout for each fighter.

The win­ner of a Joshua-Wilder bout would be the first man to hold all four ma­jor heavy­weight ti­tles si­mul­ta­ne­ously, and Joshua told the BBC this month that he’d rather face Wilder than Rus­sian Alexan­der Povetkin, the WBA manda­tory chal­lenger.

Joshua, 28, won his first world ti­tle in 2016 and has made five de­fences, tak­ing his record to 21-0 with 20 knock­outs.

Wilder, 32, improved to 40-0 with 39 knock­outs when he knocked out pre­vi­ously un­beaten Cuban Luis Or­tiz in the 10th round in Brook­lyn, New York, on 3 March.

Deon­tay Wilder cel­e­brates af­ter a vic­to­ri­ous out­ing

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.