Wilder Offers Joshua $50m For Heavyweight Mega-fight

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Meanwhile, Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel confirmed to ESPN that an offer had been made. "They said they wanted 50 mil. and he'll fight, you gotta be a man of your word". "By the way, all the money's in the bag".

Joshua had previously said he'd have no problem fighting Wilder for $50 million dollars upfront. a demand so insane that some thought it was his way of backing out of the fight.

While also speaking to iFLTV: "I got an email from Deontay Wilder, basically offering a 50/50 split of the fight, which isn't of interest, but with a $50m guarantee which is of interest".

The proposed bout is expected to hold between September and December at a venue of Wilder's choice. "If that's the case, Wilder's team, bring me $50 million up front, and we'll take the fight".

AJ's promoter Eddie Hearn has said a deal is close and now Wilder has filmed himself seemingly accepting the Brit team's conditions.

At that point, Wilder's video cut to video of an interview Joshua gave earlier this month to Sky Sports, the broadcast outlet he has a deal with in the United Kingdom, in which he said of a possible Wilder fight, "I'll take $50 million up front".

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A further gain on the 6th moved him to 17-under-par, and another on the 10th moved him three shots clear. Second-round co-leader Ryan Moore (even par of Sunday) was another shot back in seventh.

Wilder then added: "I'll see you soon then".

"I am looking forward to our meeting in the ring".

"We'll see how badly he wants the fight", DiBella told the newspaper.

The offer also didn't include a rematch clause for what would be a high-profile showdown between two undefeated fighters. Joshua has a number of existing broadcast deals in multiple territories [though he is a free agent in the U.S.]. Al Haymon (Wilder's other manager) and I have never not delivered what we offered.

Hearn recently told BoxingScene.com that he believed the fight's revenue, after expenses, would be around $40 million, thus making it a "more than fair" offer.

"No disrespect to Deontay but I don't believe he has that kind of money so I want to know where it's coming from and who is paying it".