Anthony Joshua has cast doubt over a potential showdown with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury by questioning why he would offer a 50/50 split to either heavyweight.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, revealed any offer made to AJ’s heavyweight rivals would now include a 50/50 revenue split.
Joshua’s defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr last year and Wilder and Fury’s impending rematch in February has forced Hearn to reevaluate his approach to talks over a unification bout.
But Joshua appears to be at odds with his promoter’s strategy, saying he would need an explanation for such a split.
‘What’s his [Eddie’s] reasoning?’ Joshua said on IFL TV when asked about an equal split with Fury or Wilder.
‘When Andy was champion after he won the belts, there was a lot of uproar about where it should be. He was the champion, he should decide? There is that aspect of when you’re one of the driving force in the heavyweight division you do get more of a say. When I now get the belt I can shush people [about] 50/50.’
‘Everything takes explanation,’ Joshua insisted. ‘I don’t understand why it should be [a 50/50 split]. ‘It was the biggest upset when I got beat, it should be the biggest comeback when I came back. I want it all, I want 70 percent.
‘I just made the biggest in the comeback that the world has seen in our boxing history. It was the biggest upset the world has seen.
‘In reality, I know that’s not the case. So what they’ll have to do with my ego [the way it is], they’ll have to explain why not 70 percent? It has to make sense to me.’
When pressed on whether he would refuse to fight his direct rivals unless he was given the lion’s share, Joshua replied: ‘It’s got to be right in my head. I’m going to war. I need to know what I’m going in there for.’
Joshua has spent the last week talking up a unification fight, even claiming he has held meetings with Wilder’s team.
The WBC champion and Tyson Fury’s team reacted furiously to those comments, insisting no such talks had taken place.
The loser of Wilder-Fury has the right to call a trilogy fight and Frank Warren revealed Joshua would have to guarantee a mammoth figure in a step-aside offer.
Joshua is backing Fury to beat Wilder in the rematch but appears to prefer a clash with the American.
‘All I want to do is sit down and have a proper meeting and see when we can pencil this fight [with Wilder] in for,’ he said.
‘Wilder is a solid, dangerous fighter. It’s a challenge I want to take on. It’s the fight the fans are screaming for.’
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