A few weeks ago, promoter Eddie Hearn – who represents WBA, IBO, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua – admitted that a 50-50 deal was likely the only way he could finalize a unification with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.
In the past, Hearn saw no way that a 50-50 deal was even possible for the fight. Hearn points out that a lot has changed since then, but the final decision on a 50-50 proposal would be up to Joshua and his team.
Wilder will return to the ring on February 22, when he faces Tyson Fury in a rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Wilder and Fury fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December 2018.
At the moment, Wilder’s full focus is on Fury.
After the Fury rematch is over, Wilder is open to explore the landscape.
Wilder is not fully confident that Hearn is serious with his statements. But, he’ll be watching closely to see if Hearn is still talking 50-50 when the February fight is concluded.
“My thing is, there’s going to be a lot of things said at this moment in time because they’re not at the table right now. It’s easy to say they’re going to offer this and this, but after the fight we’ll see if they keep that same energy. We’ve been here before,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com.
“Right now I’m focusing on Fury, my whole focus is on Fury, and then after this we’ll see if they’re still talking about it. Because when I have a fight already lined up, he’s very voice opinionated about certain things. But when I don’t have a fight, he’s a quiet mouse. So we’ll see if that quiet mouse stay quiet after this fight.”
Joshua is facing two mandatory orders at the moment, with IBF ordering him to fight Kubrat Pulev and the WBO ordering him to face Oleksandr Usyk.