Yeah, Taans has it about right. Wilder accepted Hearn's offer then spent so much time messing about that the WBA refused to give Joshua anymore extensions, and ordered the Povetkin fight -- which seemed to be what Wilder's management wanted all along.Taansend wrote:Not true Dave. Wilders team made an offer but didn't provide ANY details. They just said to Hearn & Joshua "Just sign the contract & we'll sort the rest out". That's not how you conduct a billion dollar fight negotiations.FlatCapDave wrote:
Don't think it looks like Hearn wants that fight for Joshua, mate. That flat fee you mentioned? Wilder's team accepted that, then Hearn fucked them about a bit more by all accounts.
Can't blame him for stringing it out mind you, Joshua would make money fighting me in London, so why face a dangerous heavyweight like Wilder?
Hearn has also offered Wilder a couple of flat fees to fight Dillian Whyte (Wilders No. 1 contender) which also went by the wayside.
I'm sure Wilder would take the fight but he doesn't have the most stable management team around him. One bloke says one thing while another says otherwise.
The flat fee was $15m, which is about $13m more than Wilder has ever earnt for one fight before.
Eddie Hearn might be a slimy sod, but he knows Joshua/Wilder would be Matchroom's beachhead into the US ppv market. So I don't believe for a second he'd torpedo that potential cash cow.