SHO's Espinoza: We've Offered to Mediate Joshua-Wilder Talks

Stephen Espinoza, the head of Showtime Sports, is very confident that Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will collide in a heavyweight unification in the future.

Showtime has a working relationship with both Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and Wilder (49-0, 39 KOs). 

At the moment the two sides are at odds over the money.


As reported on Tuesday, Joshua's promoter - Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport - sent Wilder a contract that pays him a flat fee of $12.5 million for the high stakes WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO unification.

According to Wilder's handlers, it was a "take it or leave it" offer.

And based on the amount of revenue involved in that contest, a flat fee of $12.5 million won't exactly work for Wilder.

Espinoza is willing to sit down with both camps and remedy the situation so a deal can get struck.

"We have a vested interest in both guys, and feel attached to each. If we can help mediate, we will. We have offered that. We are a key element of the negotiation," Espinoza exclusively told Sky Sports.

"If we can grease the wheels, in terms of getting the deal done attractively to everyone, then we will do our best. I have no doubt that this fight will happen. It could be the next fight, the second fight, or in the spring of 2019. I don't think we'll see a drawn-out negotiation because I see two fighters anxious to stage a worldwide mega-fight.

"Deontay will make the decisions that suit him best, as will Anthony. But we have a long history with Deontay - a close working and personal relationship. The same is true with AJ, except the history is not as long. They each know our heart is in the right place. Our interest is making this fight at the right time, under the right conditions."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 04-11-2018

[QUOTE=Jim Tom;18660551]Hearn doesn't want this fight unless he is promoting both guys. Joshua is just a fighter and wants the fight but he doesn't call the shots. Hearn is just like Arum, he wants everything in-house now.[/QUOTE] How many of…

Comment by chrisJS on 04-11-2018

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;18662747]Don't play stupid edomite cretin! Look i know i gave you nothing but facts and your cognitive dissonance is an obvious impairment for you to face your worst fears which is that your hero AJ feels some type of way…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 04-11-2018

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18661192]You lost me here. [img][/img] Look you have all your excuses for Wilder. I get it. You have a crush and you thrash your little monster off to images of him regularly. That's not my thing. Joshua's alright. He was…

Comment by mathed on 04-11-2018

[QUOTE=Pennsauken1;18661159]AHype won the IBF belt from Prince Charles Martin, who won that belt from a guy named Vyacheslav_Glazkov who injured his leg and couldn’t continue, then he beats a 40+/ 2 year layoff coming off a loss to Tyson Fury,…

Comment by Curt Henning on 04-11-2018

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;18661182]So one man got charged with assault on a woman and then charges dropped, didn't get convicted! That guy Dominic Breazeale is an investigator and who knows what he said that could've ticked off a fighter that just came from…

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