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Wilder 'won't look good' if he turns down offer.

Johnny Nelson believes Deontay Wilder should accept latest offer to fight Anthony Joshua

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Sky Sports pundit and former cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson believes that Deontay Wilder should accept the latest offer of a reported $12.5 million flat fee from Anthony Joshua's camp to make their fight happen.

The fight between the current WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) and IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) is one of the most anticipated events in recent boxing history.

Joshua had called on Wilder to make the fight happen, believing that it is a 'blockbuster' worth $100 million and that he'd be willing to take a 50-50 cut to fight 'tomorrow'.

In response to Joshua's claims, Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports: "That's nice, since he offered us 12.5. He thinks that we're only 12 and-a-half per cent of it?"

It is widely believed that a counter offer is being prepared for the Joshua camp, but Finkel seemed concerned about the opening offer.

"Again, even at 60 [per cent], he offered 20 per cent flat [to Wilder], but he wants 50 per cent flat. Come on. If he wants the fight then either don't under-price Deontay and don't overprice yourself."

Boxing pundit Johnny Nelson has raised concerns for Wilder if his team let money get in the way of a marquee fight that will be by far his biggest pay day to date even at the $12.5 million fee.

Nelson told Sky Sports: "This is what the public want. All roads lead to this fight. In this situation here, Deontay Wilder is never going to get paid any higher, any bigger with anybody else, bar Anthony Joshua.

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"If they do turn this down, or he wants the lion's share, it's just not going to happen.

"I don't think this is down to Wilder, I think it's down to his team around him, because he's the kind of guy who says 'Yes, let's do this, I want this fight, no matter what'.

"As a fighter, if he's been offered five times more than what he's been paid before as an undefeated world champion, and he turns it down, it doesn't look good for him."

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Deontay Wilder
Eddie Hearn
Anthony Joshua

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