IT all amounts to not much more than a my-dad’s-bigger-than-your-dad playground squabble, but Deontay Wilder says his WBC world heavyweight title means more than the WBA, IBF and WBO versions belonging to Anthony Joshua and it is for this reason he is demanding a 50/50 split should the two ever negotiate a fight deal.
The heavy-handed American cares little about the 3-1 edge in belts Joshua enjoys, nor the fact the Londoner is one of the most marketable sports stars in Britain. Instead, he is sticking to his guns, placing faith in the prestige of his WBC title, and adamant he is as worthy of an equal share of the pot of gold.
You can’t fault the stubbornness. Recently, Wilder rejected a three-fight deal with streaming platform DAZN, reportedly worth in the region of $100 million, which would have culminated in a couple of fights against Joshua. He rejected it, by all accounts, because he wanted to remain loyal to Showtime and because DAZN refused to tell him how much Joshua stood to make in any potential deal involving the two champions.