In response to our earlier story with Golden Boy Promotions [ Click Here To Read ], on Deontay Wilder-Dereck Chisora never being finalized, the matchmaker for Frank Warren, Dean Powell, gave his side of the situation.
By Dean Powell
I spoke with Eric Gomez and reached agreement with him regarding Dereck Chisora and Deontay Wilder - he said ‘we are good to go’ and to send a draft contract over as the terms had been agreed. Then there were rumours circulating in the UK of Wilder's problems over the weekend. However, I spoke with Eric and he informed that there would be no problem as it was only a minor offence and he had been released.
On Wednesday evening (European time) I spoke to Eric and informed him that we were going to announce the fight and could we get some quotes from Deontay and Richard Schaefer. On Thursday morning (European time) I received an email from Eric asking the question: "Can you please hold on the announcement until Monday of next week?" and stating "everything is fine, don't want any bad press because of the arrest."
I answered his question straight away that we could not do this as everything had been set up for the press conference, including the backdrop, and we had fighters coming from all over the UK and it was too late to cancel.
I then received a further email once the press conference had finished saying please hold on the announcement as Eric had got a call from Deontay's attorney saying that there is some legal issues with traveling to the UK because of the arrest for battery.
Therefore, the terms for the fight which had been agreed, are as always whenever Eric and I have done business in the past, once Eric has informed me we have a deal then we have a deal.