Hearn: If Wilder's PPV Does Bad, He Has Zero Bargaining Position!

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), is going to keep a close eye on the buyrate figures for the upcoming Showtime/BT Sport Pay-Per-View event on December 1, which features Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) defending his WBC world title against Tyson Fury at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Joshua is scheduled to defend his belts at Wembley Stadium on April 13.

Hearn and the unified champ are hoping to get Wilder in the ring on that date.


The two sides have had issues when negotiating in the past, because neither fighter has been able to agree on the financial figures.

Wilder wants something closer to a 50-50 split, while Hearn and Joshua wanted something closer to the realm of a set flat fee of $15 million.

Hearn, who has not held any talks with Wilder's team in the last 10 days, will consider a 50-50 split - if Wilder' pay-per-view does great numbers - at least 1 million buys or more.

"I think they'll want to see how the numbers do," said Hearn to Sky Sports.

"It [disappointing sales] probably makes it harder, because we look at it and say - 'Look, you're not a draw'.

"I actually want it to do better than do worse, because if it does bad, he has zero bargaining position. If it does well, then we'll accept that. If it does over a million buys, then we will have to look closer to 50-50.

"I just want to make progress. Just have a chat. I don't expect them to sign the fight before December 1. But the problem is, if we start after December, we've got to go through a process that we could be going through now. A bit frustrating."

Should the Wilder deal fall out, then Joshua would look to a rematch with Dillian Whyte, who faces Dereck Chisora in a rematch on December 22 at The O2 in London.

"Ultimately, because of the lateness of the fight, we would want an agreement in place with Dillian Whyte, probably going into this fight, for April 13, if we get to a stage where the Wilder fight is not happening," said Hearn. "We would like to tie this up, because we don't really want to wait until December 22."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Noelanthony on 11-06-2018

[QUOTE=PapaBricks;19251422]Nobody mentioned PPV huh? Do you realize the topic of the thread you are in? Please stop responding to me now. Thanks[/QUOTE] Looks like you deliberately want to be thick so I will keep responding till it digests. You bring…

Comment by PapaBricks on 11-06-2018

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;19250189]No pal it seems you are on your period. Nobody mentioned PPV until you chose to open that trap of yours and comment. I responded to your nonsense comment. For the record AJ fights PPV in England every fight but…

Comment by Blond Beast on 11-06-2018

[QUOTE=Straightener;19242625]Hearn’s blowing smoke up peoples azzes Wilder will get 35-40% if he wins. This fight is worth more than the sum of its parts. I’m glad this was one of the first responses. Boxing is all about precedent. %35-%40 is…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 11-06-2018

[QUOTE=filup79;19250274]Last time I checked, WIlder was trying to unify. Was willing to jump in a fight Parker when Fury pulled out but Parker didnt want any and waited to cash out with AJ.[/QUOTE] I thought you guys have 50mil in…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 11-06-2018

[QUOTE=PapaBricks;19249998]Neither Wilder or Joshua has proven to be a PPV star. So again why are you and Eddie Hearn concerned with Wilder's PPV numbers? AJ has not done a PPV either. All you should care about is the best fighting…

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