American boxer, Deontay Wilder has raised the ante of his proposed world unification fight against Nigerian-born British heavyweight world title holder, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua, by saying he will knock the Brit out very easily.
In a repeat of his previous verdict that Joshua is overhyped and can be taken to the cleaners, Wilder says his espied victory could happen as quickly as the first round.
The two titans look to be on course to finally meet each other in the ring, but Wilder’s camp want at least a 50 per cent split of the pot or he will not take up the fight.
Though terms are yet to be agreed, Wilder has again spoken boastfully about his chances against Joshua, claiming with confidence he will knock out his rival champion and warned fight fans that it will come early.
Wilder is taking it upon himself to challenge Joshua into making the fight happen, and though he believes he will win easily, the American warned his opponent it must be financially even.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ has not minced his words in recent weeks, repeatedly insisting he will be the first man to knock out Joshua.
Wilder insists he would ‘definitely’ knock out Anthony Joshua but won’t accept anything less than an equal split of earnings above board for both camps.
Meanwhile, Joshua has been hit with a terse demand on ‘ultimate terms’ his camp must accept in order to get a unification fight with New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.
Joshua is expected to face Parker next year, but negotiations have proved difficult, and the New Zealand pugilist’s camp have now tabled what they call final terms for any fight to take place.
The highlight of the conditions is that Joshua’s camp will have to meet Parker’s offer of 35 per cent of the profits or face the prospect of missing out on the unification fight.
Parker fought in the UK for the first time earlier this year, beating his WBO mandatory challenger Hughie Fury on points in Manchester.
The fight was supposed to set up a unification bout with Joshua, who successfully defended his WBA and IBF straps against Carlos Takam at the end of October.
However, Parker was unimpressive against Fury and is not regarded as a huge pay-per-view pull by Joshua’s camp, meaning they will only make the fight if the Brit is given a significant majority of the purse.
Nonetheless, Parker’s promoter, David Higgins admits he has become increasingly frustrated by what he called the “insultingly low” offers tabled for his ward by Matchroom Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn.
Higins has now fired back by issuing an apparent ultimatum for Joshua’s camp to accept his terms for a super-fight between both champions.