By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
DEONTAY WILDER’S manager insists his man has no intention of fighting Dominic Breazeale next as he called for talks with Anthony Joshua’s team for a summer showdown.
The American’s co-manager Shelly Finkel told Starsport that they have not entered negotiations with Breazeale as Joshua is the only fight they are interested in.
Eddie Hearn, promoter of WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua, said on Tuesday that he believes WBC title holder Wilder would fight fellow American Breazeale next.
Finkel hit back and reiterated Wilder’s statement on Tuesday night that said, “There is nothing on Team Wilder's side to prevent me from fighting Joshua next”.
He said: “It is totally incorrect that we are fighting Breazeale, we have no deal, no negotiation with anyone. We want Joshua next.
“Deontay made it very clear, there is nothing, nothing to stand in the way of this fight from our side.
“Since Joshua has said he would fight Deontay, that is the only thing we want. Deontay has instructed us to make that fight.
“We are not talking to anyone else, we are not negotiating with anyone else. We want to make the Joshua fight.
“We are ready, tell us what to do. We haven’t heard anything.
“Deontay wants this fight, he said he will take 40 percent, he said he will fight next, he said he will fight in the UK.
“There is no reason this fight shouldn’t happen unless they don’t want it.”
Hearn said earlier this week that he will only deal with Wilder’s other manager, Al Haymon, about a deal for the fight.
But Finkel, who helped put together the contract for Wladimir Klitschko to fight Joshua last year, is ready to hold negotiations with Hearn face to face.
He said: “We have said it point blank. We want the Joshua fight next. We have nothing stopping it. We are ready to meet with Eddie.
“If it is up to us, it happens as Deontay’s next fight. I can’t make Joshua do anything he doesn’t want to do, though. If it doesn’t happen it is a problem on their side.
“I will meet with Eddie in the same room. We can even have some reporters in there so they can hear the story.
“There is a contract that I negotiated with them for Klitschko. Just use that contract – change the date, change the name and change the percentage. Then the deal is done.”
Wilder is happy to travel to the UK for the fight or his team would happily have it in the US with Las Vegas or New York potential venues.
Finkel also dismissed Hearn’s suggestion that he does not have a good relationship with Wilder’s other managers - Haymon and his trainer Jay Deas.
He added: “Al Haymon is also involved in the music industry, that is how I know him originally. Him and I have known each other for 30 years.
“Jay and I have been with Deontay since he was an amateur, we speak every day and we couldn’t have a better relationship.”