Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is not in favor of the recent offers being presented to Deontay Wilder for a unification clash with Anthony Joshua.
Wilder has been receiving flat fee offers from Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn.
But Wilder wants a reasonable financial split, as close to a 50-50 split as he can get.
Lewis believes Joshua should get the lion's share of the money, but he also believes that a fight of this magnitude should have a split - not a flat fee. And as long as Wilder is being offered a flat fee, then Lewis will continue to believe that Joshua is not overly motivated to make that fight.
Lewis notes that he took less money to get Evander Holyfield in the ring - in order to unify their respective titles.
"This is the biggest bout in the division. It will be BOTH of their highest paydays ever. You don’t offer a check for this fight. You offer a split. I say 60/40 in AJ’s favor, maybe even 70/30, but not a flat fee. I took less to face Holyfield because I wanted to be undisputed," Lewis stated.
Joshua retained his IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO world titles back in September, when he knocked out mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round at Wembley Stadium in London.
Joshua is slated to return back to Wembley on April 13th. Wilder is his first choice, if they can reach an agreement, but the more likely opponent for that date is top contender Dillian Whyte.
Wilder retained his WBC title when he fought to a controversial draw with Tyson Fury on December 1 at Stales Center in Los Angeles. There is a rematch clause in the contract, and Wilder has been very vocal regarding his plan to pursue another fight with Fury in the immediate future. The second fight should take place in the first half of 2019.