Hearn: Wilder Has To Ask - 'Do I Really Believe I Can Beat Joshua?'

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is getting more pressure applied on him by promoter Barry Hearn, who is the founder of Matchroom Sport.

Barry's son, Eddie Hearn, is the promoter of IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs).

Joshua is scheduled to defend his titles against WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on the 22nd of September.

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There were negotiations to make Wilder vs. Joshua for the fall, but the two sides were never able to reach an agreement on the financial particulars.

There is a deal now on the table, which offers Wilder $15 million to face Joshua on April 13 at Wembley.

Wilder has rejected those terms - which Barry Hearn says is a big financial mistake.

He says if Wilder is really confident of winning the bout - then he should sign a contract to fight Joshua in April, because that deal would also give him a 50-50 split in the immediate rematch.

Wilder wanted something closer to a 50-50 deal for the first bout.

"Wilder has to ask: 'Do I really believe I can beat him?'" said Barry Hearn to BBC Sport.

Hearn, whose son Eddie promotes Joshua, added: "Wilder's making a few million dollars a fight.

"Sooner or later the penny will drop where he says: 'I've been offered $15m, so every other fight I take I'm losing $10m and I believe I can beat him. If I beat him, the rematch is at 50-50 for sharing $100m and if I beat him twice, I'm the biggest thing in American sport.'

"So does he roll the dice or negotiate over a few million dollars? Joshua has signed the contract, all Wilder has to do is add his signature and 13 April at Wembley is done."

Wilder's return date is unknown at the moment, but the contest is being positioned for the fall - likely with WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TexasCowBoy on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=lfc19titles;18944818]Man what a stupid mofo you are Claiming wilder is number one Mr you can’t force me to fight Klitschko and then joshau knocks out Klitschko Wilder is an Uber driver smasher, his resume is the worst ever and is…

Comment by Mike_R on 07-18-2018

Hearn imho maneuvered (and not very cleanly) out of a corner in order to continue to build towards Joshua and Wilder. I think he wants it, but he wants it bigger. I think he knows as we all do the…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=KingHippo;18944095]This guy is good.[/QUOTE] Hes nothing compared to STIVERNE ! Just another Joshua cherry pick ! If Joshua wanted a real challenge he would forget Wilder , Povetkin and Fury and go after hard est hitter Bermain:cool:

Comment by fullers on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=cameltoe;18946801]No, we believe the WBA you absolute plank. If they’d already agreed and signed it, then the WBA wouldn’t have come out and ordered them to sign it. And then make a public statement saying as much. But don’t let…

Comment by lfc19titles on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=champion4ever;18946344]Hell what did you expect him to do? Joshua said "Send me $50 Mil and I will sign tomorrow". Well Deontay Wilder did just that. He called his bluff and sent him the $50 Mil he requested but he turned…

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