Antony Joshua v Deontay Wilder Time Is Running Out
Antony Joshua v Deontay Wilder time is running out to get the deal signed.
The world of boxing is eagerly waiting for what will probably be the biggest in a long time. Antony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder.
Commentators are already feeling that it is taking too long to fight materialise, but Wilder is confident that it will take place.
“This is the biggest fight in world boxing,” Said Wilder.
But the most significant fight has one major impediment; Joshua must first WBA’s mandatory challenger Alexander “Sasha” Povetkin. WBA announced Povetkin as the mandatory challenger on May 5 and the two camps have less than a month to seal the deal.
“Before the fight with Sasha, Joshua has no right to fight with anybody else. We have 30 days to negotiate.” Said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
The contest is by all means legendary. It is not only a meeting between UK and America but a clash that seeks to write history. Wilder is the WBC Heavyweight champion.
Joshua, on the other hand, has the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, making the fight between them the first ever unification of the four major heavyweight belts. The fight also attracts a mouth-watering purse even as negotiations get on speedily.
“It means a lot more to me to have a client that I took from debut to undisputed champion of the world. But I have to protect him in the right way by getting the best deal.” Hearn said regarding the deal that is poised to be one of the most significant offers for the heavyweight unification.
“It’s a $50million offer [guarantee for Joshua]. If it’s to be in the USA, ok. We’d have preferred it here.” Said Hearn
According to Hearn, Joshua is interested in a deal, but many things have to be ironed out first.
“Anthony wanted to do the fight in the UK,” He feels like he’s built a great fan base here. He wanted to give them that fight. It’s disappointing if it’s not in the UK, but if they come back and say ‘we’re willing to have it in the UK’, then there’s a much bigger chance of us taking it.”
UK or The USA
Fight location is indisputably one of the contentious issues that might delay the negotiations. If it happens in the UK, Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium and even
the Olympic Stadium has been fronted as the top possible venues for the humongous tug, while New York and Las Vegas have been put forward as possible venues on American soil.
Both camps have enough time to iron out the pending issues. Most importantly, both boxers are itching to make it happen.
Shelley Finkel, Wilder’s representative referred to the magnitude of the fight saying it “ is way bigger and Deontay is way bigger than Parker.” He also added that Wilder camp is even willing to take a lesser offer than AJ-Klitschko fight was worth.
“We already said we would accept less than Klitschko. The fight with Parker was 33 [per cent to Parker].”He said.
At 32, Wilder is likely to go to great lengths to outshine the younger superstar who has built the considerable fan base in Europe.