Deontay Wilder's Team Offers Anthony Joshua $50 Million to Fight in Fall

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2018

FILE - In this March 3, 2018, file photo, Deontay Wilder poses for photographs after the WBC heavyweight champion defeated Luis Ortiz in New York. Wilder says he’s ready to fight Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight unification bout, and is willing to travel overseas. Wilder cancelled a scheduled media conference call Tuesday, April 3, 2018, instead issuing a statement saying he’s “ready to come to the (United Kingdom) for my next fight.” (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
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Deontay Wilder's team made a significant offer to Anthony Joshua with the hope of setting up a fight between the two boxers in the United States. 

According to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Wilder's promoter, Lou DiBella, said the team emailed an offer of at least $50 million to Joshua on Wednesday. It stipulated the potential fight would take place stateside and happen between September and December.

Pugmire noted Wilder already received a $12.5 million offer to fight Joshua in the United Kingdom.

The report provided additional details for the offer, noting Joshua would receive 50 percent of the total if the revenue goes over $100 million. Showtime figures to broadcast the pay-per-view fight, and it's likely the matchup would meet its revenue goal since the 2015 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao generated $600 million in revenue.

The offer also didn't include a rematch clause for what would be a high-profile showdown between two undefeated fighters.

Wilder moved to 40-0 with 39 knockouts after his technical knockout win over Luis Ortiz in March, while Joshua handled Joseph Parker by unanimous decision the same month and improved to 21-0 with 20 knockouts.

In addition to the win over Ortiz, Wilder defeated Bermane Stiverne by knockout and Gerald Washington by technical knockout in 2017, while Joshua notched technical knockout victories over Carlos Takam and Wladimir Klitschko.


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