Deontay Wilder remains confident a blockbuster heavyweight unification fight with Anthony Joshua will take place, but insists the financial terms must be 50-50.

Joshua — the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO title-holder — is set to fight Alexander Povetkin in September at Wembley Stadium in a mandatory title defense.

The Briton’s back-and-forth negotiations with Wilder have continued over many months, with Eddie Hearn, his promoter, suggesting this week that his man is ready to sign the proposed contract, while stating Wilder’s fee should be lowered because he feels the American cannot find an opponent who will boost his value.

However, Wilder, the WBC champion, is far from impressed with the terms presently on the table for a proposed bout, which Hearn wants to take place next April at Wembley.

“This fight definitely can be made,” he said to Premier Boxing Champions.

“I think the fight will be made. Just that this time around when you come to the table, you’ll have to come correct. This will be a 50-50 fight. And that’s the bottom line.

The Bronze Bomber [Deontay Wilder]
The Bronze Bomber [Deontay Wilder]
“We’ve tried everything … I’m not going to sign a contract that doesn’t have a date, that doesn’t have a venue.

“Nah, that’s one-sided. This contract is straight blind, one-sided, anyone who’s talking about ‘just sign it’ you can kiss me where the sun don’t shine, baby, because that ain’t never happening.”

As Joshua prepares to do battle with Povetkin, Wilder is expected to take on compatriot Dominic Breazeale in his own mandatory defense.

Wilder added: “The fans can expect to see me back in the ring very soon.

“We’ve got a great thing going, and we’re going to show the world that I am definitely the true heavyweight champion of the world.

“America has a great champion in Deontay Wilder and once I unify the division everyone can have a chance.

“The heavyweight division is too small to have so many champions. It’s a must, it’s a need to have one champion. One face, one name, and that’s me.”

Source: SN