WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has no intention of taking anything less than a 50-50 deal for a unification with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world champion Anthony Joshua.
Wilder was recently offered a multi-fight agreement by streaming service DAZN - and two of the fights in that package were contests against Joshua - reportedly worth $40 million each.
Wilder rejected their offer - indicating that DAZN never revealed what Joshua was earning in those bouts.
Instead, Wilder will return to the ring on Showtime, when he faces mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“Loyalty is everything, it’s the foundation of success,” Wilder said to The Schmo.
“How can you do negotiations, a deal, if we don’t know what the other party is doing? Whatever the fight was worth, let’s say $3, and you give me $1 and he gets the rest of the pot – I’m lowering my standards. That’s not right to me. Like I said, and I’ll say it again, the only way this fight is going to happen is if it’s 50/50. I don’t care what it is.
“At this point in time it ain’t even about the belts. I’m the hottest, most talked about fighter in the world right now and I got one belt. I got the one belt that means more than all the other belts. That’s that green WBC belt. The most precious and beautiful belt in boxing. Every great fighter has had this belt. If they want to correct, it’s going to be right down the line.”
Joshua is back in the ring on June 1, when he takes on undefeated challenger Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the bout will be carried on DAZN.
Should both champions win their bouts, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn would like to strike a deal where both boxers collide at the end of the year.