By Mark Elezaj
Heavyweight kings Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder have been on a collision course for quite some time. The possibility of a fight between both Champions has the boxing community patiently waiting for a date and venue to be announced. Between the both of them, they hold a combined record of 62-0 with 60 KO’s. This is what makes the fans so interested in a championship fight of this caliber, not to mention that both fighters are at the peaks of their respected careers.
Here’s what we do know so far.
Now this is becoming the norm in the world of boxing. (Mayweather vs Pacquiao is a prime example) Which fighter is to be considered the “A” side? Who makes what amount of money? Where will they fight? Who gets what? Who will broadcast it? The list goes on and on. So where exactly does this story begin and how does it end?
Anthony Joshuas promoter Eddie Hearn offered Deontay Wilder $12.5 million to fight Joshua in the U.K. Team Wilder countered by offering Joshua $50 million to come over and fight in the United States. Team Joshua then raised the $12.5 million offer to $15 million.
The only offer accepted (reportedly) was the $15 million offer. Eddie Hearn claims Wilder’s inability to finish a fight deal in a timely manner was the reason why the WBA ordered Joshua to defend his WBA belt against Povetkin. Shelly Finkel, who is Dontay Wilder’s advisor, disputes Hearn’s claims. Finkel said he “would’ve met the deadline had he been given one.”
And now the fallout happens. The fighters go on to face other fighters. Joshua ended up fighting and defeating Thomaz Adamek and Wilder will be stepping into the ring with Tyson Fury December 1st, 2018.
Anthony Joshua is the current WBO, WBA and IBF Heavyweight champion with a record of 22-0 with 21 victories coming by way of Knockout. His stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko back in April of 2017 gave the world a glimpse of what type of a fighter Joshua truly was after getting up off of the canvas to comeback and stop Klitschko via TKO.
Deontay Wilder is the current WBC Heavyweight champion with a record of 40-0 with 39 victories coming by way of brutal Knockouts. When I say brutal, I mean brutal. He is the self proclaimed “most feared man in the world” and rightfully so. He has been tested in the ring, just recently he was hurt by Luis Ortiz in a tough heavyweight fight, only to come back and stop Ortiz by Knockout.
From a business standpoint you can see why they say that Wilder needs Joshua more than Joshua needs Wilder. The fact that Joshua has such star power in the U.K and can sell out an 80,000 plus arena is where the money is. So this fight will probably never happen here in the states And honestly why would it? Anthony Joshua can sell out Wembley Stadium facing anyone of the heavyweights and make top billing doing so. Wilder is well known but I can’t see him doing the same. Also, Joshua presents a true threat to Wilder in the sense that he’s just as big, just as strong and just as good.
This brings us to the current boxing rumor! Love him or hate him, Eddie Hearn is a business man who knows how to get the fight fans talking. Eddie Hearn has recently stated that a very serious offer has been made to Deontay Wilder’s team for the Anthony Joshua fight.
“We made another offer yesterday, this time a percentage with a guarantee as well,” the promoter told reporters at the WBC convention.
“We’re hoping we can actually get a meeting, I didn’t know it was so hard to get a meeting with Shelly Finkel.
“He ain’t got nothing else to do.”
There is a proposed date of April 13, 2019 at Wembley Stadium, but there’s no guarantee it will be Joshua vs Wilder. A key factor that can make or break this fight will be the outcome of the Wilder vs Fury fight on December 1st.
There is a backup plan in the works just in case. Hearn has stated that if the Wilder fight doesn’t come to fruition, Dillian White will be stepping up and facing Anthony Joshua.
I hope this fight happens, it has to happen. Boxing needs this to happen! Mark your calendars people, someone’s stepping into the ring with Joshua on April 13, 2019, the only question is who?
~The Fighting Voice~