By Joe Delaney, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID HAYE reckons Anthony Joshua should snatch Deontay Wilder’s hand off over his $50m offer to fight his heavyweight rival.
Wilder’s team went public claiming they had submitted the mega offer by email to AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn for a world heavyweight unification clash.
WBC world title holder Wilder insists the fight must be staged in the US.
Haye, who fights Tony Bellew at London’s O2 on May 5, said: “If they can rustle up $50m, get it into a bank account and say to Joshua to fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on such and such a date, and then I am sure Wilder has got a fight.
“The deal to me sounds strange but maybe there is some mega rich oil tycoon behind it all - I for one don’t know where that kind of money would come from.
“But some one seems to be chucking crazy money around.
“As promoter, Eddie Hearn won’t take anybody’s word that the money will be there waiting for you after the fight. No, he will want cast iron guarantees.
“You would have to take half off that $50 million for the tax man. But if it’s $50 million for Joshua - what does that leave Wilder?”
Joshua’s camp have reacted positively to Wilder’s bid to get the fight on after Hearn offered $12.5 million to stage the bout in England.
With fight history at stake, pay per view sales are expected to soar on both sides of the pond - putting the fight on course to top the record set by Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002 when they finally boxed in Memphis.
Haye, 37, was chasing a fight himself with Joshua but all those plans are on the hold until he faces Bellew next week.
He is chasing revenge after being stopped by Bellew in the 11th round back in March 2017 after he shredded his Achilles during the bout.
The former two-weight world champion doesn’t want to bring the curtain down on his career with a loss and is convinced this time he can put the Liverpudlian in his place.
Haye added: “I honestly believed that I would have little trouble beating Bellew the last time we fought but an Achilles injury influenced the fight in his favour.
“I’ve watched the tape of my defeat time and again and I couldn’t believe I had boxed so badly.”