Opinion | May 05 2018

Snips & Snipes: Deontay Wilder needs Anthony Joshua more than Joshua needs Wilder

Eric Armit gives his take on Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder, Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez and whole lot more
Deontay Wilder
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GETTING Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan instead of Golovkin vs. Saul Alvarez has left me feeling cheated by Alvarez and his two positive tests. It reckoned to be one of the most intriguing rematches in boxing history. Now we have to hope that Martirosyan does not prove to be a banana skin for Golovkin – highly unlikely – and that Alvarez stays away from Mexican meat so we can get the fight in September. If it does come off in September then Alvarez will have been inactive for a year which can’t help his chances.

That leaves the other big question as to whether we will get to see Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder. At this moment this is not a fight between Joshua and Wilder but their respective promoters who are both desperate to stage the fight. Eddie Hearn wants it in the UK and Shelly Finkel wants it in the USA. Hearn offered Wilder $12 million and Finkel responded with an offer of $50 million. Hearn has responded by asking to see the contract and Finkel has replied by saying that for some past fights Hearn has offered and had agreement on purses first and discussed the contract afterwards. This really is just a couple of businessmen playing games. A purse of $12,000,000 may not seem much when you compare it to $50 million but it is a very large amount when you consider that the most Wilder has been paid for a fight was the $2.1 Million for the Ortiz fight whereas Joshua earned around $27 million for the Parker fight. Even if Hearn said he would accept the $50 million offer I can guarantee you that the chance of a contract being agreed would be somewhere south of nil and the $50 million would prove to be smoke and mirrors. Joshua gives Hearn the strong hand in these “negotiations”. Wilder needs Joshua a lot more than Joshua needs Wilder. For a fight with WBA/WBO No 1 Alex Povetkin, although not as big a draw as Wlad Klitschko or Parker, Joshua would still take home about four or five times more than Wilder could earn against WBC No 1 Dillian Whyte or Luis Ortiz or Dominic Breazeale so if money talks Joshua shouts and Wilder whispers. Let’s hope some sense creeps in to these media games and we get the fight we want.

At least we will get Tony Bellew vs. David Haye tonight and let’s hope there are no injuries and no controversies and it ends up being a great heavyweight scrap that gives us some clarity on which direction these two fighters are heading as it will throw another hat in the UK ring alongside of Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.