Wilder Manager: We Bent Over Backwards To Make Joshua Fight!

Jay Deas, co-manager and trainer of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, makes it clear that his side of the fence did everything possible to make a unification with IBF, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua.

The two sides had been negotiating for several months, but their talks fell apart after the WBA gave Joshua only 24 hours to reach a deal with mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. reported on Tuesday that Joshua vs. Povetkin may land on September 22.


Joshua's handlers first offered a guaranteed deal of $50 million to make the fight happen.

Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, submitted a counter-offer, because his boxer was determined to fight in the UK.

Wilder then agreed to take the fight in the UK - and a contract was issued.

There are conflicting claims over what transpired next.

Hearn is claiming that Wilder and his handlers were taking too long to sign, while Wilder's management claim there were crucial details missing from the contract and Hearn was being responsive to provide the lacking details.

"There is no question that Deontay bent over backwards, every way you can bend over, to make the fight," Deas said to Daily Mail.

"They offered us a much, much lower fee — and a flat fee not a percentage — and wanted the fight in England not America, and delayed in answering our questions – everything you can do not to fight, seemed like it was done. Whereas we offered the biggest purse in heavyweight boxing history as a guarantee, plus a percentage, and they didn't take it.'

"My fear is that it becomes the Lennox Lewis-Riddick Bowe of its day and it's a fight that everyone wants but never happens. That's why we were doing everything we could to make the fight happen. That's why Deontay took well below market value because he wants to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing Goat on 07-02-2018

[QUOTE=hugh grant;18908771]Wilder may not get what he thinks he's worth. But you get to fight josh. Sometimes you got to sell your soul. Only this once wilder. Selling yourself short once in career isn't big deal. You fought 38 nobodies…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 07-02-2018

[QUOTE=ChrisCook;18908760]I'm just glad that you're able to state your point in such a well informed and articulate manner:banghead: I would suggest that before posting, you should probably do some research to at least try and appear more conversant than you…

Comment by hugh grant on 07-02-2018

Wilder may not get what he thinks he's worth. But you get to fight josh. Sometimes you got to sell your soul. Only this once wilder. Selling yourself short once in career isn't big deal. You fought 38 nobodies so…

Comment by ChrisCook on 07-02-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;18905922]You would refer to the recent offer. You know damn well I mean the negotiations for the fight that was supposed to happen next next that didn't happen because Joshua wasn't ready. Remember Hearn saying that he would not…

Comment by hugh grant on 07-02-2018

Josh is a stubborn and money hungry and controlling guy. Floyd started this and we thought it might end when he retired But maybe not? But at end of day do you want to fight him? And how badly? You've…

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