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Why Did Wilder Reject $120m To Fight Joshua?

Now that the career of Deontay Wilder has crashed after a second stoppage loss to Tyson Fury and his earning power and leverage to negotiate have also endured massive blows, a burning question persists.

Why on earth did Deontay Wildel and r and his handlers Al Haymon and Shelly Finkel turn down in 2019 a $120,000,000 offer to fight Anthony Joshua (two AJ fights and one bout vs any handpicked patsy)?

I believe the only logical explanation is that Team Wilder believed they could generate that same level of revenues WITHOUT taking the big risk of sending Wilder to fight Anthony Joshua. They calculated and believed Fury was shot after his long hiatus, drugs, fat and unimpressive comeback fights vs Wallin and Pianeta. Team Wilder calculated beating fury was the safer business decision. Beat Fury then keep Wilder protected carefully and safely inside the PBC in-house and away from AJ (and Dillian Whyte) forever. The plan failed.

About Scoop Malinowski

Author of six books including "Muhammad Ali: Portrait of a Champion" and "Heavyweight Armageddon: The Lewis versus Tyson Championship Battle" available at amazon