Wilder Readies AJ Counter Offer

Deontay Wilder and his camp are preparing a counter off for Anthony Joshua within the next 48 hours and have doubts about a deal, if the unbeaten Brit rejects their offer. The Bronze Bomber was offered a flat fee of $12.5 million for the unification title about against Joshua, with the WBA, IBF, WBO and […]

Deontay Wilder and his camp are preparing a counter off for Anthony Joshua within the next 48 hours and have doubts about a deal, if the unbeaten Brit rejects their offer.

The Bronze Bomber was offered a flat fee of $12.5 million for the unification title about against Joshua, with the WBA, IBF, WBO and WBC up for grabs.

Joshua suggested on Thursday he would accept a 50-50 split of $100m for the blockbuster bout, with the winner becoming the undisputed champion, but these comments were questioned by Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel.

 

“That’s nice, since he offered us 12.5,” Finkel exclusively told Sky Sports. “He thinks that we’re only 12 and-a-half per cent of it?”

“It will either be today (Thursday) or at the latest tomorrow (Friday). If he wants the fight, it will happen,” said Finkel.

 

“I would offer him something that gives him both a guarantee and an upside. We are working on how to structure it.

 

“We believe it’s a minimum of 60 [per cent to Joshua], probably closer to a hundred, but who knows?

 

“Again, even at 60 [per cent], he offered 20 per cent flat [to Wilder], but he wants 50 per cent flat. Come on. If he wants the fight then either don’t underprice Deontay and don’t overprice yourself.”

Finkel also has doubts over whether a deal can be made, if Joshua rejects their offer.

He added: “What we’re going to offer, if he doesn’t take, I don’t know where you go. But it will be interesting.

“When a manager or a fighter, usually a manager – the fighter usually wants the fight and I want to believe Joshua wants the fight – if you don’t want a fight, you ask for so much that you don’t get it.

 

“And you still say ‘I would have fought him’. That’s one side, or if you don’t want the fight you offer the other side so little that they won’t take it.

 

“I think the world will look at the counter offer and say, ‘if he wants the fight, this should happen’.”

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