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Hearn Has Wilder and Finkel Cornered

Deontay Wilder and his team tried for months to tell us it was Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn who didn’t want to make the Joshua vs Wilder Heavyweight unification showdown. But now Team Joshua is taking the offensive and pushing relentlessly hard to force Wilder to put up or shut up…

Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports: “We have got a couple of months. We have made it quite clear we don’t want to wait until December 1 (date of Wilder vs Fury) to see what happens. We want to get a deal in place to know before then. My old man is going to sit down with Shelly [Finkel] in early October to try and talk through a deal. We have sent them the signed contract on all the terms that they agreed. They did not reply and they obviously did not send it back either.”

“So we just want to know what they want now. They agreed to that before. If they do not agree to that now, then no problem. Let’s try and make a deal, subject to you winning in December. The absolute sole focus for us right now is to fight Deontay Wilder for the undisputed title in April.”

“Obviously if Fury wins, then he will have a rematch clause with Wilder so they are both out. Then we may step into a WBO mandatory with Dillian Whyte. But the focus is Wilder – 100 percent – and there is no reason why we cannot get a deal in place subject to him winning in December. ”

After all the deception and smokescreens put out by the Wilder camp, now the truth is emerging. And even the most devout Wilder backers will have to ask themselves, Why can’t Wilder just sign the contract already???

Wilder can’t lie anymore about Joshua not wanting the fight. And he can’t demand 50-50 either, as Joshua is the proven far bigger seller and he holds three of the four major belts. Lennox Lewis also recently asserted that Wilder should accept a 25-75 split.

Team Wilder is cornered. And at this moment probably trying to figure out it’s latest escape hatch of excuses to duck the April date to fight Joshua at Wembley Stadium.

Lying and ducking is an exhaustive exercise of frustration and futility. Keep a close eye on how Wilder tries to pull off his latest duck of Joshua.

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