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Deontay Wilder offered $12.5m “take-it-or-leave-it” deal

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American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 40-0 (39) has been offered a flat-fee of $USD12.5 million to face England’s WBC, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in a unification bout with Wilder expected to give his answer within the next 48 hours.

According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has sent the offer to Wilder’s team but it does not state where the fight will be held, when it will be held or if it will be Joshua’s next bout.

The offer in understood to contain a rematch clause, with the second fight to take place in the United States.

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Wilder’s co-manager Shelley Finkel told the Telegraph: “It was a take-it-or-leave-it offer. We will respond appropriately in the next day or so with our counter offer.

“If Joshua is serious, we will take the fight. Deontay wants this fight. He doesn’t want anyone else.”

While Wilder is being offered a flat-fee for the fight, Joshua’s last opponent Joseph Parker was able to secure a percentage deal that saw him entitled to 33% of the fight revenues. Some estimates had the New Zealander earning $USD18 million for his 12-round losing effort at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on March 31.

Wilder’s camp have previously stated they are looking for a 60-40 split in favour of the Briton for the fight to happen in the United Kingdom.

The 32-year-old American is coming off a career best performance against Luis Ortiz, who he stopped in 10 rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 3.

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