Author: Johnston Brown - My two pennies worth

Massive boxing and English football fan from South East London, England

Josh Taylor takes on Viktor Postol in WBC Final Eliminator

Scottish super-lightweight and one of Britain’s top prospects Josh Taylor (12-0, 11KOs) takes on Ukrainian veteran Viktor Postol (29-1, 12KOs) in a WBC eliminator at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on June 23.

This is definitely the 27-year-olds toughest challenge to date against a guy that has only ever been beaten by pound for pound king Terrence Crawford.

Postol 34, has never been stopped before and has bags of experience in the 140lb division. This really is a step up for Josh but one I believe he will thrive on. The Tartan Tornado said: “I can’t wait to get back under those lights in Glasgow,”

“This is definitely my toughest opponent to date, and Viktor Postol should be the perfect test for me at this stage of my career.”

“He’s taken on and beaten some of the best fighters in the world, and I know he’ll be coming here with the hope of spoiling the party.”

The current WBC champion is José Ramírez and regular champion is Regis Prograis. If Taylor can fulfil his potential there is no reason why he cannot go on to not only win a world title but unify a few belts to. A fight with Prograis at some point down the line would be a real barnstormer and Josh can’t wait to show the world just how good he is:

“To know I’ll be in line for a world title shot if I get the win has really put the fire in my belly, and you can expect to see the best Josh Taylor to date on June 23.”

“The support in Scotland is always phenomenal, and I can’t wait to make it another night to remember for everyone involved. See you all there.”

Iceman as Postol likes to be called said:

“Taylor is a tough opponent and he had a good amateur career, he is a hard puncher as you can see from his pro record, and he changes stances throughout his fights so I will need to be sharp.”

“The win in this fight against Josh Taylor will help me to approach my goal of becoming world champion once again.”

“Taylor is a worthy opponent and I am fully focused on this fight! Let the best man win in Glasgow.”

Taylor’s promoter and manager Barry McGuigan said:

“Josh Taylor truly is the real deal, and that shows when he’s fighting someone as talented and experienced as Viktor Postol in just his 13th fight.”

“We feel that this is the perfect final test for Josh before he challenges for world honours, and Viktor Postol will certainly not being coming to Glasgow to roll over.”

“Both men are fresh, full of desire and ready to put it all on the line on June 23. This should be a cracker.”

Bradley Skeete Ready for the Spanish Inquisition

British welterweight Bradley Skeete (27-1, 12KOs) heads to Spain to take on undefeated Kerman Lejarraga (24-0, 19KOs) at the Bilbao Arena for the vacant European title.

The 30-year-old is taking a huge gamble by traveling over to Bilbao, Spain in search of the European title. Not only because he is fighting away from home for the first time in his career against a noteable puncher but also because he will need to win almost every round convincingly if he is to stand a chance of victory.

Now I’m not suggesting for one minute that the Spanish would ever dream of cheating but results in Spain and Europe in general are always hard to come by for the English. Skeete must not take anything for granted especially when it comes to the politics of scoring boxing.

The Londoner said: “I just want a fair crack at the whip. It’s a vacant title. I’m not the challenger; he’s not the champion. I’m going to his hometown to fight him.”

“I’m sure the judges and referee will be fair and that’s all I ask for. If I go out there, do a job and come home empty-handed because I’ve been cheated, it will be disgusting. But I believe my style will be more than enough to get the win. If I win on points, I will make it convincing. If not, I will win by stoppage.”

Bradley Skeete

‘Super’ Skeete who is known for his slick boxing skills has accumulated 188 rounds in 28 bouts with a knockout ratio of 43% and a combined opponent record of 481-419-28.

Skeete won the welterweight Lonsdale belt outright when he defeated Dale Evans last year. His best performance came against Sam Eggington when he outpointed the former European champion in 2016. The only loss on Skeete’s record came against commonwealth games gold medalist Frankie Gavin back in 2014.

Skeete missed out on a WBO title fight against current champion Jeff Horn but is eager to force his way onto the world stage. He said:

“This opportunity has come up and I’ve grabbed it with both hands. I have to go away from home to fight for this title but that’s fine because it’s what I want to be doing in the future anyway. The level I’m going to be fighting at, my fights are not always going to be at home. I’m just looking at this as a stepping stone for the future.”

Kerman Lejarraga

His opponent who is fighting in his hometown has a fought 24 times accumulating 97 rounds with a knockout percentage of 79 and a combined opponent record of 397-265-23

The 26-year-olds best performance was against 2016 commonwealth champion Denton Vassell who he stopped in the fourth round a couple of years ago.

Prediction

Ranked as the No.1 welterweight in Spain Lejarraga is the type of fighter that likes to stay on the front foot and hunt his opponent down. He will look to pressurise Skeete into making a mistake and hope he can connect with a knockout punch.

Skeete has the height and reach advantage over his opponent and will try to box clever on the outside. His jab will be the key so finding his range will be paramount but he needs to throw combinations in threes and fours when on the inside before disengaging.

If Skeete can re-produce the slick boxing skills he showed against Eggington then I believe he will get the job done. Anything less then that and he may well find it difficult to get the decision in Spain. Every shot ‘Revolver’ throws will be cheered weather it connects or not so Skeete needs to be on his ‘A’ game and keep the crowd quiet.

I believe Skeete will produce the goods and outpoint Lejarraga in a clear and dominant display. He may well end up stopping the Spanish prospect in the late rounds.

Good luck Brady Skeete it’s always nice to see a guy from my neck of the woods fighting on big European nights.

Dillian Whyte Disgusted with WBC Decision

British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17KOs) is disgusted with the WBC after they ordered him to fight Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24KOs) to decide the ‘second mandatory’ after Dominc Breazeale (19-1, 17KOs) became the preferred choice to Wilder’s strap.

The 30-year-old vented his frustrations on social media after hearing the disappointing news:

“This sums up everything that’s wrong with boxing. WBC you confirmed to me and the media that Breazeale v Molina was not a final eliminator now you’re saying it was and mandating Wilder to fight Breazeale before me.” #Bulls***

The Brixton-based fighter has every right to feel aggrieved by the decision after he flattened former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne (25-1, 22KOs) with a brutal left hook in the sixth round last month.

Whyte has done everything right since his knockout defeat against Anthony Joshua back in 2015 and was promised a shot at Wilder if he defeated Browne. The WBC has now gone back on their word which raises suspicion that Breazeale will be Wilder’s next opponent and not Joshua.

Eddie Hearn promotes both Whyte and Joshua and he is due to meet with Shelly Finkle and Al Haymon on Thursday April 26 to discuss a possible undisputed heavyweight bout between AJ and Wilder. Since Matchroom’s offer to team Wilder of $12.5 million was made public knowledge there has not been much noise coming from the Wilder camp.

Suggestions have been circulating that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has already agreed a deal with fellow American Breazeale and never had any intention of taking a fight with Joshua. Today’s news does make one wonder if this really has been the ploy all along. I suppose will we know more by the end of the week.

The Jamaican-native is scheduled to fight at the O2 Arena on July 21 which will more than likely be an IBF eliminator for Joshua’s title against Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13KOs).

This maybe the only way Whyte can force his hand into a title fight as I’m certain that Joshua will not turn down the chance to fight again. It’s one each after all, with Whyte winning in the amateurs and AJ winning in the pros. The trilogy looks a hell of a lot more likely than Whyte-Wilder or AJ-Wilder.

What next for Amir Khan?

After Amir Khan (32-4, 20KOs) got rid of Phil Lo Greco (28-4, 15KOs) in just 40 seconds of Saturday night but what next for the Olympic silver medalist.

The 31-year-old managed to show he still has phenomenal hand speed and excellent accuracy within those 40 seconds on Saturday night. Both have never really been in question but his vulnerabilities when in trouble have. Due to a below average opponent he was unable to prove that he has corrected his defensive skills.

How can we gage where the Bolton-born fighter is right now? Well, he did demolish Lo Greco in record time while it took Shawn Porter 12-rounds and Errol Spence Jr 3-rounds. Trouble is the Porter fight was five years ago and Spence Jr was three.

New trainer or interim coach Joe Goosen spoke about how he worked with Khan on fighting in the pocket during their time together in camp. His analogy of being on the inside of a hurricane is safer than being on the outside made a lot of sense and I was intrigued to see their work in action. Unfortunately his opponent did not back up his words and fell apart way quicker than expected. I hope he stays with Goosen and they can continue to work on his inside vulnerabilities which would improve Khan as a fighter.

They say speed is power so in that case Khan does possess power even above his 147lb division. Weather he can extract that power against the best is another talking point. The corrective surgery to his right hand may well indicate that he has more power than he showed in previous fights but only time will tell.

Basically the quick victory has not answered any questions it’s probably generated more. What this win has done though is make Khan the boxer relevant again which is good for British boxing.

The first name that springs to mind when thinking about Khan is of course Kell Brook. If this fight was agreed 2-years ago it would have sold out Wembley Stadium on its own but since then British boxing has moved on. Even still we all want to see the fight so maybe the Macron Stadium in Bolton or Bramall Lane in Sheffield would be the perfect venue for this fight.

I don’t think Brook-Khan will happen this summer as I believe they both would like one more fight but maybe December would be a more realistic date. Both are now with Eddie Hearn so there should not be any problems getting a deal done. Neither holds a world title either so a catch-weight of 150lbs would be a fair middle ground.

That being said there could be a few scenarios that could delay a fight between the two Brits this year. For instance, if Liam Smith can capture the WBO belt at 154lbs against Sadam Ali on May 12 then Brook may decide to try and push for a title shot.

In the 147lb division injury prone Keith Thurman has relinquished his WBC title so the governing body has ordered No.2 Shawn Porter verse No.1 Danny Garcia to fight. The same may happen with Thurman’s WBA strap which would promote the fight between Lucas Matthysse who is the WBA regular champion and Manny Pacquiao to a full title fight. We all know how keen Khan is to avenge his defeat against Garcia and how badly he wants to fight Pacman so the temptation of a title fight against either maybe too hard to turn down.

Khan did express his desire to fight Adrien Broner next before news broke about ‘One Time’ vacating which would be a decent scrap. I think Khan could do a number on the outspoken American plus it would be the perfect step up before a Brook or title fight.

On Sunday morning Brook-Khan seemed conceivable but now I’m not so sure. It’s funny how quickly the landscape in boxing changes so you just can’t rule anything out. Being a boxing fan I am happy to see Amir Khan back but I still doubt we will ever see two of Britain’s best welterweights ever share a ring.

Two Exciting Prospects Headline in the North-East of England

Two British Boxing prospects from the North-East of England Josh Kelly (6-0, 4KOs) and Lewis Ritson (15-0, 9KOs) headline at the Metro Arena in Newcastle on June 16.

Exciting welterweight Josh Kelly will challenge Australian Kris George (14-1, 8KOs) for the commonwealth title, while Lewis Ritson attempts to retain the Lonsdale lightweight strap outright if he defeats Belfast boy Paul Hyland Jnr (18-0, 7KOs).

‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly has been moved at a ridiculously fast rate and is on the back of an impressive win against Carlos Molina only last month. The 24-year-old from Sunderland will be determined to put on a show in front of his home crowd.

Newcastle-born Ritson 24, has continued to impress since turning pro in 2015 will face another tough challenge against undefeated Hyland. The ‘Sandman’ will look to keep his knockout streak going and will relish the chance to fight in front of his beloved fans.

Both young stars are being guided by Eddie Hearn who was very excited about his prospects and a night in Newcastle:

“June 16 we’re going to Newcastle and we’re going to have a party! That arena is going to be bouncing. What a time for North East boxing.”

“For Josh Kelly to do that to Carlos Molina after just six fights is tremendous. This boy has huge talent and huge potential. He is going all the way.

“Lewis Ritson is absolutely flying too, so June 16 these boys are coming home.”

Also on the card we have Gavin McDonnell (19-1-2, 5KOs) fresh from his excellent victory against Gamal Yafai defending his WBC international super-bantamweight title against veteran Stuart Hall (21-6-2, 7KOs).

Super-flyweight Charlie Edwards (12-1, 5KOs) takes on home fighter Anthony Nelson (11-1, 2KOs) and cruiserweight Afran Iqbal (12-0, 5KOs) defends his English title against Simon Vallily (13-1, 4KOs).

 

What next for Carl Frampton?

Carl Frampton (25-1, 14KOs) picked up the WBO interim featherweight title after a dominant display against Philippine veteran Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24KOs).

All three judges scored the fight exactly the same 117-111 all in favour of the hometown fighter.

The 31-year-old produced a performance that was somewhere near his old best. Frampton showed off his excellent boxing brain and outstanding footwork that left Donaire missing his target by wide margins at times. In particular the first five rounds were very impressive and made the rest of the featherweight division stand up and take notice.

I’m not normally one for the interim titles but if used in the correct manor then I’m all for them. The WBO title that Frampton picked up last night was created because their current champion Óscar Valdez is out with a broken jaw.

The plan is for the Irishman to now fight Valdez for the full title although rumour has it that the Mexican will move up to the 130lb division. If the rumours are true then Frampton will be upgraded to WBO champion without having to throw a punch.

If this does happen then a unification fight against the winner of Selby-Warrington at Windsor Park looks the most likely option.

Frampton does not care who he fights next just as long as he gets another world title shot.

“I’d love a Valdez fight but I don’t want to be picky,” said Frampton.

“I just want a world title fight and I want a big fight at Windsor Park. Valdez would be good, Santa Cruz, Selby would be good but whoever it is, I don’t care.”

After the fight a very happy Frank Warren said, “That was class tonight.”

“I will get him a world title fight – there are options, I will deliver. Carl and the city deserve it.”

This is exciting times for the 126lb division with so many top fighters jostling away to become the undisputed king.

World No.1 Leo Santa Cruz defends his WBA title against fellow Mexican compatriot Abner Mares in June 9. The WBC champion Gary Russell Jr puts his strap on the line against the featherweights rising star Joseph Diaz to decide who’s the best in the US on May 19. On the same night Welshman Lee Selby puts up his IBF title against Josh Warrington at Elland Road, Leeds.

Once again there are a lot of possibilities and we know that Frampton is not bothered who he fights just as long as it’s at Windsor Park. This narrows the pot down to Valdez, Selby or Warrington for me. Santa Cruz will not travel across the pond for a trilogy with Frampton if he wins and if Mares is victorious there will be a rematch. Chances would be slim for Russell Jr or Diaz to make the trip but not completely off the table.

A lot will depend on what Valdez decides to do once he is back but it will cost Warren a substantial fee to get the Mexican over to Belfast. The most likely option will be Selby or Warrington as long as the winner comes through unscathed.

Whoever Frampton fights next I expect an incredible atmosphere inside Windsor Park with the Conlan brothers and Paddy Barnes also on a staked Irish card.

Khan v Lo Greco – Breakdown and Predictions

Amir Khan (31-4, 19KOs) makes his return to the ring after a 2-year absence against Canadian Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15KOs) at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, England.

This will be the first of a three fight contract under the guidance of new promoter Eddie Hearn and the first time in five years since the Olympic silver medalist last fought on British soil.

There are so many talking points inside and outside the ring when it comes to Amir Khan that he’s more like a character from a reality TV show rather than a professional boxer. I only want to look at the boxer and not the guy that airs his dirty laundry on social media.

After the devastating knockout defeat against drug cheat Canelo Alvarez in 2016 and following corrective surgery to his right hand it will be intriguing to see how much of the old Khan is left.

Preparations for this fight have been affected by coach Virgil Hunter being hospitalised. Khan acted quickly when he realised that his trainer would not be well enough to get the 31-year-old fight ready by drafting in Joe Goosen. With the greatest of respect to Virgil Hunter I actually believe the arrival of Goosen could be a blessing in disguise. Not only is he a better coach but talk of working on Khan’s vulnerabilities on the inside could be exactly what Khan needs.

The former unified super-lightweight world champion has had 35 fights and accumulated 209 rounds with a 54% knockout ratio. His combined opponent record stands at 846-167-23 which shows how experienced the Englishman is but due to 2-years of inactivity he is not currently ranked.

When you look into Khan’s CV it is full of an abundance of talent compared to his opponents weak boxing record. I mean no disrespect to Lo Greco but on paper this fight should be a formality.

Names like the legendary Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera, Paul Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, Devon Alexander and Luis Collazo have all fallen short against ‘King Khan’. But loses against Breidis Prescott, Lamont Peterson which was very controversial, Danny Garcia and Canelo Álvarez show vulnerabilities.

His opponent from Canada is ranked 101 in the world and in 31 fights has accumulated 162 rounds with a 48% knockout ratio. He has a combined opponent record of 417-299-43. Eveytime the 33-year-old has attempted to step up in class he has been soundly beaten. Shawn Porter outpointed him and Errol Spence Jr got rid of him in 3 rounds.

In my opinion the only way Khan loses this fight is if he is to overconfident or allows the brash talking Canadian to get under his skin. This was evident in their press conference with the water-gate incident.

Khan is more experienced, possesses the faster hand speed and should be able to counter anything his opponent has to offer. The danger for Khan is if he is caught with a shot and what his reaction would be if he were to get wobbled.

I believe this will be an easy nights work for Khan. He will be nervous in the first few rounds so he needs to fight on the outside and find his rhythm. I wouldn’t be surprised if Khan was to stop his opponent in the late rounds but I think this will go the 12 round distance and Khan to win unanimously. For Lo Greco to stand a chance he will have to hope he connects with a big punch but I cannot see that happening.

With this fight being at a catchweight of 150lbs it opens the door for a Brook-Khan showdown later in the year or beginning of 2019. That is of course as long as Khan wins and doesn’t suffer any cuts or injuries that could keep him out of the ring for a long period of time. Khan will need to stay active with maybe one more fight in a few months before agreeing a deal to fight Brook.

Good luck to both fighters and happy viewing boxing fans!

Frampton v Donaire – Breakdown and Predictions

Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton (24-1, 14KOs) takes on Philippine hero Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24KOs) for the Interim WBO featherweight title at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

This will be Frampton’s second appearance in Belfast since his split with Shane and Barry McGuigan. In his last fight he took on a huge featherweight in Haracia Garcia and won by unanimous decision after going down in the seventh. It was the first time we got to see the relationship between Frampton and new coach Jamie Moore but this fight with Donaire will be a real test for both.

Former world champion in 4-weight classes Nonito Donaire may well be on the decline but Frampton will still need to be at his best if he is to claim victory.

At 35-years of age the Filipino-American will be keen to prove his doubters wrong and make one last assault on championship glory. A victory here would be enough to guarantee one last title shot which makes the ‘Filipino Fish’ a very dangerous customer.

Car Frampton

The Jackal is currently ranked as the best in Britain and No.2 in the world in a staked featherweight division. After competing in 25 fights the Irishman has fought 162 rounds with a 56% knockout ratio and has an excellent combined opponent record of 471-79-18.

The former unified super-bantamweight champion was guided well during his time with Cyclone Promotions. After fighting decent opposition since his debut in 2009 he finally picked up the IBF super-bantamweight title in a rematch against Kiko Martinez.

Frampton defended his world title three times becoming the first man to stop Chris Avalos and recovered from being put down twice in a unanimous decision victory against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in Texas. Then in a massive British unification fight with Scott Quigg the Irishman won by majority decision in a drab encounter that failed to get going until the middle rounds.

The 31-year-old then decided it was time to move up to the featherweight division and was given the chance to face undefeated Mexican and current world No.1 Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA title. In my 2016 fight of the year Frampton kept his undefeated record intact with a majority decision victory which could have gone either way. Many felt that Santa Cruz should have got the nod but personally I feel the right man won on the night. Santa Cruz was able to seek immediate revenge in a rematch with a comprehensive victory in 2017.

Nonito Donaire

Nonito Donaire is considered to be the second best fighter to have come out of the Philippines only behind Manny Pacquiao. It is hard to put into words the admiration that the Philippine people feel towards their hero. Currently ranked at No.10 in the world and No.1 in his native country the four-weight former world champion has fought 255 rounds in 42 fights with a 57% knockout ratio and an impressive combined opponent record of 834-179-36.

After turning professional in 2001 Donaire picked up his first world titles at flyweight when he stopped Vic Darchinyan in the fifth round. A few defences later and Donaire opted to move into the super-flyweight division where he managed to collect a WBA interim title.

It wasn’t long before Donaire moved up to the 118lb division and went on to become the WBO and WBC unified world bantamweight champion when he stopped Fernando Montiel in the second round.

The ‘Filipino Fish’ then jumped into the 122lb division and picked up the WBO world super-bantamweight title against Wilfredo Vazquez. He then retained his belt and captured the IBF version when he outpointed Jeffery Mathebula.

A three round destruction of the Mexican legend Jorge Arce followed before Donaire defeated Japans Toshiaki Nishioka to become The Ring and Lineal super-bantamweight champion. The 12-year win streak came to an end at the hands of Guillermo Rigondeaux.

A short stint into the featherweight division see Donaire pick up the WBA super title before Jamaican Nicholas Walters became the first and only man to ever stop him in the sixth.

Nonito Donaire dropped back down to what I believe is his best weight in the super-bantamweight division and quickly picked up the vacant WBO title against Cesar Juarez. A year later and Jessie Magdaleno outpointed Donaire for his fourth professional loss.

Prediction

After 17-years in the game Donaire has moved back into the 126lb division with the hope of pulling off a shock on Saturday night when he makes his first ever appearance on British soil.

Both fighters stand at 5’5” but Donaire has a 6 inch reach advantage. They each have the ability to box and scrap which makes this a fascinating encounter.

There will be a size difference that favours the Irishman but he will need to be mindful of Donaire’s trademark left hook. I’m not convinced that Donaire possesses the same amount of power in the 126lb division so it would be a shock if Frampton did get stopped.

I am expecting the early exchanges to be close but I believe youth will prevail over experience and Frampton will take full control in the second half of the fight. Donaire won’t throw punches in bunches but he will pick his shots carefully and meaningfully. There could well be a round or two where they both throw caution to the wind and this is where the fight could go either way.

I am picking Carl Frampton to outpoint Nonito Donaire in a slick and skillful fight that has the potential to be a barnstormer. The legendary Filipino will be in buoyant mood with his wife in the corner and should not be overlooked but I think he’s taking on a tough opponent in the wrong division.

Good luck to both fighters!

Joshua-Wilder and the Green eyed Monsters

Due to the quiet weekend of boxing we have gained financial experts across the globe as negotiations between team Joshua and team Wilder continue to develop.

I do work in finance five days a week and I could quite easily give you a breakdown of gate receipts and pay-per-view figures plus television rights which gives you a rough idea of what a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder could earn if the fight is ever agreed. But I really couldn’t give a monkeys toss quite frankly.

This is boxing and what a fighter earns is none of my business I just want to see good, clean and fair fights so percentage splits and flat rate offers is something I like to leave in the office. Any financial negotiations should be discussed behind closed doors anyway with the purpose of the fight being at the forefront of discussions.

As a fan of boxing all I ask is that the best fight the best for my viewing pleasure. The financial element is completely irrelevant to me apart from when I have to dip into my own pocket to watch a big PPV fight.

I want to see big Josh take on the repulsive American just as much as the next fan but instead we are getting into a ridiculous financial war on social media.

Wilder fans have been very vocal about what their man is worth and are disgusted with Eddie Hearn for offering a flat rate of $8.8 – $15m. In fact the figure has changed so many times that I have absolutely no idea what the exact figure is but it’s a lucrative deal for Wilder nonetheless.

One thing is for sure, Wilder did collect $2.5m against Ortiz which was his biggest pay day to date. It’s not Joshua’s fault that he earns that in endorsement deals alone. After 40 professional fights he has never been a PPV fighter in the States which indicates to me that he doesn’t have a large fan-base. So why reject such a handsome offer with the added incentive of fighting for 5 world title belts and a rematch in the US?

As the ‘Bronze Bomber’ quite clearly has a small band of followers that love to troll on social media and are now experts on percentages, I will lay it out on their terms. I’m guessing that only 50% of them would actually pay for the fight while the other half watch on illegal website streams.

I have seen some ridiculous statements throughout the years I have followed this great art of contact sport but never have I seen such utter ignorance before. It shouldn’t surprise me that a Wilder fan related the Hearn offer to child abuse – I know an unusual analogy to say the least – because their hero is being short changed in their eyes. I mean they are following a guy that openly said he wanted a dead body on his record on a morning breakfast show.

Could you imagine if Joshua said something like that on This Morning to Scoff? AJ would be looking at a 6 month ban by the BBBofC before the day was done.

Getting back to the point at hand, reports indicate that the fight will generate $100m hence why articles suggest Wilder only being offered 20%. If this fight can generate this sort of dosh then Joshua has already said he would take a $50m flat rate.

So how about Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon give AJ $50m and they take the rest? The reason why is because I can categorically say that this fight will not reach such heights. So the $40m that team Wilder suggest he deserves is just a smoke screen. They are asking for 40% of an over estimated figure.

I would say the more accurate projection would be somewhere around $50m mark. Then minus the sanctioning fee costs that the Russian will demand for not taking the mandatory defence which is probably in the region of £5-6m. The amount that Joseph Parker earned in his fight with AJ.

My conclusion on this whole saga is that Wilder and his cronies are nothing more than a bunch of money grabbing toss pots that are only interested in cash. They use social media to create a circus that some of their illiterate fans buy into hence we get this pathetic nonsense that is not only destroying boxing but any chance of successfully agreeing a deal.

All I advise is that you do not buy into the BS that numerous websites try to feed you when it comes to percentage splits. A lot of what is written will try to convince you that Joshua is ducking Wilder and this is so far from the truth it’s unbelievable.

If anything it’s Wilder pricing himself out of a great deal. I expect this drama to continue until it’s too late for a fight to be negotiated. Expect Wilder to continue fighting less then stellar opponents while Joshua continues to challenge himself.

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