WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder will not be at this weekend’s world heavyweight title unification between Joshua and Parker, but will be a keen spectator nonetheless as the winner is likely set to face him in late 2018.
An offer was sent over to Wilder’s representation this week from Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn in relation to a fight next up in June against Dillian Whyte – whom Hearn also promotes.
Whyte recorded an impressive victory last weekend over Australian Lucas Browne while Wilder also put on arguably a career best performance last time out against Cuban Luis Ortiz.
So both come into a potential fight with some serious momentum.
It is not known the exact conditions of the offer sent by Hearn to Wilder’s people, but the promoter has gone on record saying it’s worth $3 million at least – plus about another $1 million from American television money – making a total of $4 million.
Wilder however while speaking to the Boxing Voice Podcast, Wilder said:
“If they put Joshua on that contract, I have no problem fighting Whyte. Better yet I’m gonna make them another deal: If Dillian Whyte will fight Luis Ortiz and beat him, I will fight Dillian Whyte.”
A fairly reasonable offer in fairness.
Whether or not this was in the fight offer sent this week by Hearn remains to be seen.
You’d have to think it was though.
While Joshua vs Wilder seems to be the biggest fight out there in terms of an American against a British fighter in the sport, neither man are guaranteed the fight exactly.
Joshua will have to come through this weekend’s mega fight against fellow champion Joseph Parker while Wilder will have a very tough assignment in Whyte most likely next up.