By Rick Reeno
Shelly Finkel, who co-manages Deontay Wilder with Al Haymon and Jay Deas, has issued another piece of correspondence to Eddie Hearn, promoter of Anthony Joshua, with continued pressure to gain a verbal agreement to a recently issued offer of $50 million.
A few days ago, Wilder personally emailed Hearn with a guaranteed offer of $50 million for Joshua.
Hearn had initially presented Wilder a guaranteed offer of $12.5 million to fight Joshua in the UK.
Hearn is very interested in the offer, but he wants to see a contract and some type of documents which confirms proof of funds.
According to Finkel, once Hearn agrees to the amount - they will send over a contract, proof of funds and any other documents which Hearn requests.
If no deal is reached, Wilder will likely defend his WBC title against mandatory challenger Dominici Breazeale, while Joshua will defend his IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO titles against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
BoxingScene.com has obtained the below email, which was issued earlier today from Finkel to Hearn.
Good Morning Eddie,
You know as well as us how a big fight is made. First an offer is made and if the offer is accepted, a contract will follow.
You saying we didn’t even send you a contract is a smoke screen. Your own recent actions will bare me out.
1-you made us an offer for Deontay to fight Anthony Joshua. This is for the same fight that we made an offer to Joshua, the only difference was that you made an offer to Deontay first. In your offer to Deontay, did you include a contract? No. Why? Because Deontay never accepted your offer.
2-you recently made us an offer for Deontay to fight another one of your fighters, Dillon Whyte. Did you include a contract? No. Why because Deontay did not accept your offer.
3-you made an offer to Wladimir Klitschko to fight Anthony Joshua, did you send a contract? No. After some negotiations Wladimir accepted a revised offer and then is when you sent a contract to us.
How can you complain that you have not received a contract from us, when your own actions prove that is not how a deal is done in boxing. If Anthony agrees to accept our offer, we will be glad to supply you with a contract, proof of funds and any other relevant data needed to complete the contract.