Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua's promoter, has finally shed light on why the highly anticipated fight between Joshua and Deontay Wilder never materialized, despite a staggering £40 million offer.
Change of Plans
Boxing fans were left disappointed when the scheduled December 23 showdown between Joshua and Wilder was scrapped. The date was initially reserved for Tyson Fury to face Oleksandr Usyk in a heavyweight title unifier. However, with Fury and Usyk now set to spar in February, hopes were high for a long-awaited clash between Joshua and Wilder.
No Agreement Reached
Unfortunately, negotiations between the two rivals fell through, leaving punters in the lurch. Joshua will now be stepping into the ring against Otto Wallin, while Wilder is set to take on Joseph Parker. Although a future meeting between Joshua and Wilder is still possible next year, both fighters must first triumph in their respective Christmas bouts.
Wilder expressed little optimism about a future showdown, citing a failed attempt to secure a £40 million fight with Joshua several years ago. He blamed Joshua's management for holding him back and shared his frustration, saying, "It’s been over six years. But there comes a point in time where you’re like 'forget it'."
The Hotmail Saga
Hearn has now confirmed that Wilder did make a £40 million proposal a few years back. However, no official contract was sent, ultimately leading to the collapse of the fight. Hearn recalled the incident, stating, "We received an email from a Hotmail address saying 'we will give you 50 million dollars for the fight.' It was sent to Anthony Joshua directly, he was like 'what?' I went back and said 'send the contract.' They never sent it."
Despite the disappointment of the past, Hearn remains hopeful about the future. He believes there is still a significant chance of arranging the Joshua-Wilder fight, provided both fighters emerge victoriously on December 23.
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In the meantime, prepare yourself for the thrilling clash between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin. Stay tuned for all the details of their upcoming Saudi showdown.
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