Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel has hit out at Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn for leading poor fight negotiations between both parties, according to a report on GiveMeSport.
Wilder and Joshua have both claimed that they are eager to fight one another but eventually, talks between the two broke down and Joshua is now likely to defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin.
Finkel claims that Hearn always knew that Joshua wouldn’t fight Wilder this year but instead of being open and honest, Hearn invited the attention.
Joshua has since signed a two-fight deal with Wembley Stadium, with the second one widely tipped to be against Wilder.
When speaking about Hearn, Finkel said:
It was a total sham. They had no intention of fighting Deontay Wilder next. That’s fine. Just say it. He had a two-fight deal with Wembley.
He never intended to, but he had to figure a way out. Don’t waste anyone’s time. Don’t try and make Deontay look like he’s ducking out of the fight. Just say, ‘I’m fighting Povetkin next and I’m not fighting anyone else next. He admits it was a total scam here. He cut a two-fight deal at Wembley.
The negotiations between the two fighters became very messy, with Wilder verbally offering Joshua $50m to fight him. The Brit refused because he believed that it wasn’t a legitimate offer.
WBC champion Wilder must now decide who he will fight next before he gets into the ring with Joshua.