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 chicken- on 07-20-2018

[QUOTE=Jimmy gold;18904405]Like povetkin he tested positive melodium that’s not really a steroid but wilder was to scared to fight him lol[/QUOTE] Floyd has never tested positive for melodium. I don't know what orifice you are pulling this out of but…

Comment by chicken- on 07-20-2018

[QUOTE=sportbuddha;18905247]The fact you even compare Ortiz to Wlad says a lot about your knowledge of the sport. Ortiz was hyped to the hills based on a record of non-achievement. Yeah there are plenty of excuses why he never got anywhere…

Comment by chicken- on 07-20-2018

[QUOTE=Jubei;18905931]You compare Ortiz do Wladimir Klitschko? Are you serious? Are you freakin serious? What has Ortiz done in the sport, who has he beat? You casual retards are really the cancer of this forum.[/QUOTE] Ortiz was avoided like the plague…

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…

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