There's No Reason for Anthony Joshua to Face Deontay Wilder
By Steven Weinberg | Contributing Writer and Photographer
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Published: July 23, 2018
The finger pointing is endless as to who is to blame for the heavyweight unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder not being made in 2018. It would be easy to criticize Joshua for ducking Wilder, but, we must not forget that prizefighting is a business, and in business, not all parties have equal bargaining power. It appears in this instance, Wilder wants, if not needs, Joshua more than Joshua wants or needs Wilder, and thus Wilder has considerably less negotiating power. More likely, however, by the fight not being made, Joshua is conducting a smart business move and, as the saying goes, letting the fight marinate.
During the verbal sparring surrounding the potential fight, Wilder has accused Joshua’s team of not respecting him. Unfortunately, respect is earned and not given. Despite Wilder’s WBC belt, from a business perspective, Wilder simply hasn’t earned Joshua’s respect. A review of both Joshua’s and Wilder’s last five fights shows that Joshua has out-earned Wilder by $55.75M in front of 222K more people! In fact, Wilder has made $31M less than Joshua’s opponents.
As it stands now, Joshua has said he will target Wilder in two to three fights. Doing so will allow Joshua to earn at least an additional $39M in purse money, excluding endorsement deals. For all intensive purposes, he has a license to print money. If he fights Wilder and loses, which many think will happen, then the printing press will stop. Therefore, there’s no reason for Joshua to face Wilder at this time and the fight should be put off for as long as possible.
Moreover, for those that say “legacy matters” so Joshua should meet Wilder now - well, they probably don’t have $39M at stake.
(Featured Photo: Kevin Quigley/Daily Mail)