WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has made it clear he is prepared to fight Dillian Whyte, but only if the money is right.
Wilder has been calling out IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO champion Anthony Joshua for a while, but any agreement on a unification clash looks set for 2018.
In the meantime, it was revealed Eddie Hearn offered Wilder $3 million guaranteed, plus U.S. television revenue, to face Whyte instead of Bermane Stiverne.
And although "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) states he is in no need to defend his WBC heavyweight crown against Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs), he is willing to do it if he gets paid more than double the previous offer totalled up to.
“I can definitely see where that happens”, Wilder said, as per BoxingScene.com.
“It happens when Eddie raises that price. That is when it can happen. If he can come up with $7 (million), whether it comes out of his pocket or not, we will listen.
"The Dillian Whyte fight, it can happen. But it’s gonna take a little bit more than what they’re talking about. Let them raise it up to $7 to $10 (million) and let’s talk.
"For $4 million and then they are talking about me coming over there and all that – the thing about it is I don’t need Dillian Whyte. I don’t need to fight him. And if Joshua don’t wanna fight, then that’s fine, too.”
Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs), will defend his IBF heavyweight title on Saturday night against Cameroon’s Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs). Takam got the opportunity as IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev got injured in camp and withdrew from the fight.
London’s Whyte, on the other hand, will clash with Finland’s Robert Helenius (25-1, 16 KOs) on the Joshua-Takam undercard for the WBC silver heavyweight title.
If Whyte wins, he will move up from his No 3 spot in the WBC ranking, closer to a fight with Wilder.
Wilder himself, will make a mandatory defense of his WBC title on November 4 against former champion Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Even if both Joshua and Wilder win their matches, the American does not believe he will get AJ next. and will consider travelling to England to fight Whyte instead.
He added: “If they raise the money and I am happy with it, we can fight anywhere they want.
“I would prefer to bring him to America and let him get a glimpse of this, but if we have to go over there, if the money is right, then hey, let’s do it. That’s all I’m saying. If you’re gonna waste my time, you’re gonna pay for it.
"You’re gonna pay more than $4 million to waste my time. And I am very strong on it. I don’t need Dillian Whyte. I don’t care about that money, what they are talking about.
“People always worry about, ‘Oh, this is a big payday.’ My life is straight. I am good. The love of money is the root of all evil. My life don’t dwell just on money."
"It is all about peace and happiness with me, and my life is at peace and I am happy with my family. I’ve got a great family, I’ve got a great career and when you find peace in your life, man, there is nothing that can interrupt that. Nothing can interrupt your peace. So if they come up on that price, like we want, they got them a fight. I promise you that.”
Eddie Hearn has made it clear that he wants to introduce Joshua to USA public next year, and it will probably take one fight before he faces Wilder. So if the American also needs another clash to keep busy before the moment comes, Whyte would represent a huge option for him.