Anthony Joshua has taken matters into his own hands and privately contacted Deontay Wilder about the 60/40 split offer that is on the table to fight at Wembley Stadium on April 13.
Eddie Hearn has confirmed that offers have been put forward to Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury and Wilder, and he is waiting for a response from all parties.
A Joshua-Wilder mega-fight seemed inevitable after numerous attempts to secure an agreement from both sides last summer, but after a flat fee deal collapsed, the teams have now moved on to negotiating a percentage split agreement.
Hearn has stated that his initial offer to Wilder was a 65/35 purse split, with a guaranteed rematch in the US with a 70/30 or 50/50 purse split rematch, depending on the outcome of the first fight.
Joshua has refused to speak publicly regarding talks, but Hearn revealed the undefeated three-belt world champion had made an attempt to contact Wilder privately.
“Joshua has reached out to Wilder personally and said: ‘We’ve not heard back from your team, are we speaking to the wrong person?’ He’s got no response,” Hearn told reporters in New York, per The Metro.
“Let’s make one thing clear, there will be no improved offers past 60/40 for Wilder or Fury.
“50/50’s not happening right now.”
AJ has emphasised on numerous occasions that Wilder and Fury are the priority targets for Wembley, and has confirmed that Whyte will be next in line should either of the top two reject their offers.
WBC champ Wilder, meanwhile, has been discussing a rematch with Tyson Fury - that has now been ordered by the WBC - following their draw on December 1 in Los Angeles.
Las Vegas remains the leading contender to stage the rematch and Hearn has vowed to bid a ‘fortune’ should Wilder-Fury II go to purse bids.
“I’ve always felt they (Wilder and Fury) would do the rematch. For Fury, Wilder is a much easier fight than Joshua,” Hearn told iFL TV.
“I think the move by the WBC was nice, I like it and I think that it’s going to shape things up a little bit.
“The first thing I thought I thought to myself, I’ll bid for that. I’m going to bid a fortune, but I doubt it’ll get there.”News Now - Sport News