IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is not sold on the scenario of offering a 50-50 revenue split to the winner of next month’s rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Tyson Fury.
Fury will challenge Wilder on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has mentioned in several interviews that a 50-50 deal would likely be necessary to finalize a mega-bout with the Wilder-Fury winner.
Hearn cautioned that Joshua has to make the final decision on a 50-50 split for that type of fight.
And that’s exactly what Joshua would require - a very detailed explanation on why the Wilder-Fury winner is deserving on an even 50-50 monetary split.
“What’s his [Hearn’s] reasoning?” Joshua said on IFL TV.
“When Andy was champion after he won the belts, there was a lot of uproar about where it should be. He was the champion, he should decide? There is that aspect of when you’re one of the driving force in the heavyweight division you do get more of a say. When I now get the belt I can shush people [about] 50/50.
“Everything takes explanation. I don’t understand why it should be [a 50/50 split]. It was the biggest upset when I got beat, it should be the biggest comeback when I came back. I want it all, I want 70 percent. I just made the biggest in the comeback that the world has seen in our boxing history. It was the biggest upset the world has seen.
“So what they’ll have to do with my ego [the way it is], they’ll have to explain why not 70 percent? It has to make sense to me. It’s got to be right in my head. I’m going to war. I need to know what I’m going in there for.”