Hearn: Wilder, His Handlers Don't Have Decency To Answer Back

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is claiming that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and his handlers, have not responded to any of his recent fight offers.

Hearn was hoping to get something down for a Joshua vs. Wilder fight, for April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London, but that appears very unlikely.

Wilder is likely heading to a rematch with unbeaten Tyson Fury. The two fighters fought to a twelve round split draw last month at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.


Hearn states that his main focus is a showdown between Wilder and Joshua.

He's made attempts to contact both Wilder and his co-manager Shelly Finkel - claiming that both have ignored him.  

Hearn told Sky Sports News: “We can’t get any response at all from their team. In the last four or five weeks, I’ve sent five or six emails to Shelly Finkel (Wilder’s promoter). They won’t even have the decency to come back.

“I think they’ve made their mind up — they don’t want to fight Anthony Joshua. It’s frustrating because I think we’re in a place where it’s a really great deal. Wilder has always said ‘one face, one name, one champion’, but the deal we’ve offered is more than a fair split for Wilder. And it’s two fights — one in the UK and one in the US. But he’s not even entertaining that fight. Wilder won’t even answer the phone, so that’s well out the window.”

If there is no Joshua vs. Wilder, then Hearn will focus on other options like Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller.

Whyte appeared to be the frontrunner, but now there are issues with the money being offered for the rematch.

“We’ve had a great run with Dillian Whyte. He wants a shot at the world heavyweight title. We’ve delivered that — he doesn’t feel like the package is right at the moment. I think it is a good offer," Hearn said.

“It was never going to be easy. But you get to a point where you say ‘Dillian, this is your chance to fight for four heavyweight belts at Wembley for millions’. What more can we do? These kind of opportunities don’t come around that often. You’re going to own the keys to the kingdom if you can beat Anthony Joshua.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tokon on 02-06-2019

[QUOTE=15 Rounds again;19475333]Yes, but you and I both know that they didn't say no to 50M. They said "ok, let's look at the terms and conditions." And then they wanted AJ to sign without seeing anything about t&c's. You know…

Comment by tokon on 02-06-2019

[QUOTE=15 Rounds again;19474850] You're the type who thinks the moon landings were faked lol.[/QUOTE] Hahaha, actually I am a bit suspicious about that . . .

Comment by The plunger man on 02-04-2019

[QUOTE=Phenom;19485970]He will earn more than 20M in Fury rematch and the new offer is 15M against 35% and if AJ loses its 50/50 split in USA not exactly a crazy amount of money like say 50M guarantee against 50% Wilder…

Comment by Phenom on 02-03-2019

[QUOTE=The plunger man;19485886]wilder has been offered much more than that now , even after that offer it wAs upped to $15 million , now its 20 million and rematch in the states...$15 million is more than he earned with his…

Comment by The plunger man on 02-03-2019

[QUOTE=Phenom;19485688]Maybe because your master Eddie Hearn said there is more money in USA fight then the UK? You guys keep saying 90k audience but remember Wilder vs AJ valuation was around $40M that's why Wilder was offered 12M flat[/QUOTE] wilder…

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