Wilder was offered $15 million to fight Joshua. His camp never responded. The Joshua side have tried to make the fight. Proper contract. Dates, venue, etc etc.
They heard nothing back so they had to make the Povetkin fight (or be stripped of the title).
You seem to be talking about this without actually knowing most of what happened, mate
Short of being privvy to the actual contracts offered and seeing them in person I know as much as the next guy who reads the media, watches interviews and other shit on IFL YouTube and all that jazz.
I've seen Hearn claim that he sent contracts and that he's doing everything straight-up and above board, but I've also heard Wilder's manager say that the contracts aren't as straight forward as honest Ed is making them out to be, with various clauses and suchlike included.
Now, who you believe is up to you, and I'm sure many a British boxing fan will side with Hearn over the "greedy yanks", while many American boxing fans think Hearn is at it in an attempt to avoid the next big American superstar.
Chances are that both sides are at it to an extent.
Again, for the life of me, I don't see why Wilder and his team pass up, as Ed claims "three times the amount he's been offered to fight AJ" to face Fury.
Where's the sense in that? Unless we're claiming that Wilder and team are afraid or some other bollocks, of course?
If the fight with Joshua was there and Hearn was as accommodating as he makes out in his cheeky little interviews then why wouldn't Wilder take that fight?
Even if he fought AJ and lost, surely that's a better outcome both financially and career-wise than possibly knocking out a fighter in Fury who many consider a mentally challenged bum who's past it?
If he actually loses to Fury it won't be in an exciting war like it would be with AJ, it'll be by decision in a fight that will likely be classified as a fucking shitfest, won't it?