Breaking News this morning came from the Wilder camp that he has accepted the offer made by Team Joshua to fight on British soil this year.
The WBC heavyweight champion did not make the official announcement in an interview or press conference but of course on social media:
“BREAKING NEWS for all you Anthony Joshua fans… The $50m offer for him to fight me next in the US is still available.
“Today I even agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK. If he prefers the fight in the UK, the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to choose.”
What’s your view on the latest statement from Wilder? Is this fight really on? Are Joshua and Wilder ready to rumble or is this just another publicity stunt? Are you a pessimist or an optimist?
If your a glass half full type of guy then this news will be music to your ears. Wilder fans will be in a frenzy right now so if your like me I would keep their views and perspectives at a distance. Otherwise you may find yourself shouting insults at your portable devices. As referee’s always say just before the sound of the first bell, “Keep it clean fellers”.
Shelly Finkel then backed up Wilder’s announcement:
“We have agreed to the terms that Eddie (Hearn) has put out to us for a fight in the UK.
“Deontay sent an email to Joshua on Sunday night and I sent one today to Barry Hearn and Eddie telling them that we officially accept the offer to fight under the terms they gave us and to send us the contract.”
Even Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas has seconded the Wonderful Wilder and Fantastic Mr Finkel’s statement:
“They offered and we accepted. We offered $50m, which is what he said he wanted and then he turned it down.
“Then they came back with a much, much, much smaller offer for Deontay, which would have been even less than Deontay would have made in the United States, and wanted him to still travel to the UK for the fight. And we said yes.
“The reason we did is because Deontay is investing in himself. He wants this for the fans and he wants this for his legacy and he knows that being the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world will give him the financial gain as he proceeds.
“Even though we would have liked a better deal, Deontay said yes.”
Brilliant! Just Brilliant! Roll on September, October or November what ever month they have agreed to do the fight. You have played us all along you sneaky, sneaky little gits!
For the Scrooge’s of the game this is nothing more than a publicity stunt from Team Wilder. Discussions have been ongoing for what feels like an eternity with the same old boring news being released every week just to keep us keen boxing enthusiasts interested.
On June 9 Eddie Hearn told a national newspaper that Anthony Joshua’s next contest will be announced in the next 48 hours. In an exclusive statement Hearn said;
“The Povetkin deal is virtually done, it’s close.
“The Wilder one is not, but we’re talking to him every day. It’s just a case of if we can get that done. Joshua would like to fight in September. The Wilder fight doesn’t really work in September, mainly because of the Canelo Alvarez fight. If Joshua fights Wilder [next] it will be October or November in the UK. If he fights Povetkin it will be in September. It will either be Povetkin then Wilder or Wilder then Povetkin. But if it is Povetkin next, then Wilder will definitely be signed before we go into that fight.”
48hours on and we hear nothing until Wilder makes an announcement past that deadline on social media? This is a publicity stunt from Team Wilder because they already know that the Povetkin deal is done.
Even rival British promoter Frank Warren was quoted saying – after the pathetic Fury performance – that the deal between Joshua and Povetkin is more or less done:
“I think Anthony Joshua is fighting Alexander Povetkin in September, so he will not fight until next year now and I think Wilder has got a mandatory.”
What ever side of the fence you sit on make sure you listen in on the Billy C Boxing show today for their views and opinions.
I would rather keep my views private so without giving too much away, “Bah Humbug”.