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Deontay Wilder Claims Anthony Joshua Turned Down Multi-Million Pound Fight Offer

, Deontay Wilder Claims Anthony Joshua Turned Down Multi-Million Pound Fight Offer

Blockbuster Bout

Deontay Wilder has accused Anthony Joshua of turning down a staggering multi-million pound offer for a highly anticipated fight between the heavyweight rivals.

Previous Attempts

This isn't the first time that the pair have failed to secure a deal for a blockbuster bout. In 2018, Joshua publicly stated in an interview that he would accept a fight for $50 million (£40 million), a figure that Wilder's team claimed to have provided but was ultimately rejected.

Disregarding the Offer

Wilder maintains that Joshua turned down the offer, stating, "He asked for $50 million and we provided that for him and he did not take it. And the only way you can disregard that is to make a mockery of it, try to make a joke of it, try to make it seem to the public that it’s not real."

Contractual Obligations

Joshua explained at the time that the $50 million offer came with contractual obligations that he did not believe were worth the money. He stated, "But then when you dissected it and what it actually it was, it was kind of like a rights fee – ‘We own you for this amount of money’. The issue I had was that I’ve got long-standing contracts in place with certain partnerships."

, Deontay Wilder Claims Anthony Joshua Turned Down Multi-Million Pound Fight Offer

Upcoming Fight

The superstar duo are now set to finally face each other as they return on the same card in Saudi Arabia on December 23. Joshua will headline the Riyadh card against Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin, while Wilder will face former WBO world champion Joseph Parker, who Joshua dethroned in 2018. If both fighters emerge victorious, a two-fight deal is expected to follow for Wilder and Joshua to meet in Saudi Arabia.

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