Deontay Wilder Turned Down Big Money For Fight With Dillian Whyte
Deontay Wilder has been claiming that Anthony Joshua is ducking him but the American heavyweight champion chose to duck big money in order to fight a man that Joshua put away in Dillian Whyte.
Right now we could be building up to Anthony Joshua's rematch with Wladimir Klitschko in Las Vegas, a fight we all would have wanted to see. Instead the former Olympic champion will be fighting Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff.
The fight with Pulev should still be an interesting one but it is one that Joshua will be a huge favourite for as his domination over the heavyweight division should continue on the road to an eventual massive fight.
Joshua and Pulev face up ahead of their October 28th fight. Image: PA
That massive fight someway down the road should be a unification fight with fellow heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder. Recently the pair entered in a war of words and the Bronze Bomber have accused AJ of waiting for him to get old.
But despite the big words from the Olympic bronze medalist Eddie Hearn who manages Joshua revealed, via Boxing News, that Wilder turned down one of his other fighters, Dillian Whyte, saying:
"People don't want to fight Dillian Whyte. He's a handful. He's a real handful. He's got a great chin, he don't stop throwing punching, he's strong. It's frustrating.
"They don't seem to want the fight. It's frustrating trying to get Dillian Whyte an opponent. Every fighter that we're asking for money we are giving it to them and they're still coming back and not accepting the fight.
"We've offered Wilder three million dollars and US TV. It's probably four million dollars. And he's making one and a half."
Whyte's only loss was against Joshua. Image: PA
The 'one and a half' that Hearn refers to is the money that Wilder will be making from facing up against Bermane Stiverne on November 4th instead of taking Whyte as the replacement for Luis Ortiz.
Wilder was supposed to face Ortiz, a week after Joshua and Pulev face off, but the Cuban failed a drugs test recently and that fight was called off.
29 year old Whyte is due to fight on the undercard in Cardiff at the end of October but so far Hearn hasn't been able to find an opponent which is why the Wilder fight was a possibility.
It seems crazy that Wilder wouldn't take an extra £2 million to fight a man who has lost to Joshua but it shows how dangerous an opponent Whyte really is!