Eddie Hearn, the British promoter for ex-heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua, has broken the news on the long-drawn-out talks with Deontay Wilder's squad. He let slip that the American team once threw a financial curveball into Anthony's inbox. Here's the lowdown:
"Rewind three or four years, and it was all radio silence on offers coming our way. Then, bam! An email lands straight in Anthony Joshua's lap. Deontay and I are buddies, so I'll tread lightly here, but that email was an absolute knockout – it touted a whopping $50 million for the face-off. Joshua's jaw hit the floor.
I shot back an email, playing hardball for a contract. Their corner ducked and weaved, insisting on agreeing to terms first. I wasn't having any of that. No contract, no deal – I wasn't about to get sucker-punched with a worthless contract we couldn't ink. But that contract? Never saw the light of day.
Sure, there's a truckload of reasons why the showdown never came off, but we're not dwelling on the past. It's all about what's next in the ring," Hearn jabbed.
Fast forward to December 23 in Saudi Arabia: Joshua's gearing up to tangle with Otto Wallin, while Wilder's set to rumble with Joseph Parker. The stage is set for some heavyweight action!