By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA must plead with Eddie Hearn to make a deal with Deontay Wilder.
The American’s manager Shelly Finkel believes Hearn’s influence over the WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF champion has blocked the fight from happening.
Wilder faces Joshua’s fellow Brit Tyson Fury in the early hours of tomorrow as they tussle it out for the WBC title.
But if he wins in style the calls for him to face Joshua on April 13 at Wembley next year will grow even louder.
Wilder’s team offered Joshua around $50 million to face him earlier this year but the offer was rejected as Hearn questioned where the funds were coming from.
Finkel said: “If Joshua wants it, why doesn’t he do anything?
“He is the one who takes the humiliation when people say it to him. Why doesn’t he say, ‘Eddie, I don’t care if I can make half a million more, or less, get me that fight’.
“Money always matters. In real terms he should just say, ‘Make the fight, give Deontay a deal that I can live with and he can live with’.
“He fought for less against Povetkin, a lot less. Probably half of what we offered.”
Finkel reckons they may have to wait until September for the fight, with Joshua likely to fight Dillian Whyte in April.
He added: “If he wants to fight Whyte, let him fight Whyte. Five percent of the public wanted that. Then we’ll fight you in September.”
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury pits the WBC Heavyweight World Champion Wilder against the lineal heavyweight champion Fury on SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, December 1 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The PPV undercard begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten unified super welterweight world champion Jarrett Hurd returning to take on Jason Welborn, Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis Ortiz facing-off against Travis Kauffman and rising undefeated heavyweight Joe Joyce battling Joe Hanks.