According to Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), they would love to make a deal to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) next - if the WBC beltholder is realistic with his demands.
In a recent interview, Wilder made it known that he wasn't interested in anything less than a 50-50 revenue split to fight Joshua.
Wilder is back in action on March 3rd, when he made a voluntary defense of his title against undefeated Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) in a Showtime televised main event from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
If Wilder wins, he would like to fight Joshua next.
Joshua has a high stakes unification scheduled, when he takes on WBO world champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) on March 31 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Sky Sport Box Office and Showtime are going to carry the card.
In that contest, the revenue split was also a big factor.
Joshua is receiving between 65-70% of the revenue and Parker is getting between 30-35%.
If Parker wins the fight, the monetary terms of the rematch clause would see Parker receive 55% of the split, and Joshua would get 45%.
Hearn says they would have fought Wilder right now, but it became clear to their side that reaching an agreement on the money would be close to impossible with Wilder taking a firm position on receiving a 50-50 split - which both Joshua and Hearn have stated is never going to happen.
“We were up for fighting Wilder now,” Hearn said to The Guardian.
“But it’s very easy to kill a fight. And you kill a fight by coming out with an unrealistic remark like: ‘I won’t take one percent less than 50-50 or there’s no fight.’ We look at that and say: ‘Mate go away, don’t waste our time.’ We would love Wilder to be next but he’s got delusions of grandeur.”