As we wait for the official announcement of the underwhelming matchup between Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller this week it’s hard not to think of what might have been.
Eddie Hearn has done a great job with the “Manchester City” of boxing, Joshua but a fight in the states against the overly sized American with a big mouth Miller is not good enough, even if it does give Joshua more exposer to an American audience.
The unified heavyweight world champion did have other credible opponents beyond Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder and in my opinion, Miller was not one of them.
Although ‘Baby’ Miller does somehow feature quite highly in the rankings it’s guys like Dillian Whyte, Kubrat Pulev (IBF Mandatory) or Luis Ortiz who would have been a more plausible defense on British soil even in a smaller venue.
Hearn should take huge credit for guiding ‘AJ’ to supersonic superstardom, but that status does come with its own complications. Manchester City of the Premier League are one of, if not the richest football clubs in the world today with their endless pot of money. When City step into the transfer market they almost always overpay on transfer fees, players wages and most irritatingly of all a player’s agents’ percentage.
I’m sure it drives Manager Pep Guardiola barmy with the mind-boggling amounts of money these agents squeeze out of his club but that’s the nature of the business. If Pep identifies a target, then the club will battle tooth and nail to get that player even if they must pay well over the odds.
Hearn and Joshua are now in the Man City business and fighters like Whyte deserved to be compensated handsomely after he produced the goods last year and at the back end of 2017. The rematch clause may have been a stumbling block but let’s face it, it’s all gone tits up! I’m sure an extra few million could have completed that deal even with a poor rematch clause in place.
The same goes for Wilder and Fury, most of us with common sense will see a 50/50 split as unjust considering that Joshua holds three of the four major titles but if you don’t pay over the odds these guys will price themselves out. A few straps of gold are not enough these days as money talks and in turn creates legacies, like it or lump it.
Even someone like Fury who recently gave his earnings from the Wilder fight to charity would demand a hefty sum. Frank Warren will not just roll over and accept small change just like a football agent wouldn’t for one of his players joining a mega rich club like Man City. He will try and squeeze as much dough out of Hearn as he possibly can.
Fans do not care about how much money a fighter is getting or percentage splits we just want to see the best fight the best. The only money we give a monkeys about is the money we have to pay to watch our favourite fighters.
No matter what side of the fence you sit on we can all agree on one thing, we all want to see these fights so we can finally see who best heavyweight is. And I’m not taking about fighting each other once, we want to see Joshua, Whyte, Fury and Wilder battle it out a couple of times and let’s see who comes out on top!
@JohnnoSE23 Seconds out…