Lennox Lewis tells Anthony Joshua to make Deontay Wilder fight happen by offering 60/40 or 70/30 financial split


Lennox Lewis tells Anthony Joshua to make Deontay Wilder fight happen by offering 60/40 or 70/30 financial split

Lennox Lewis has publicly told Anthony Joshua to offer Deontay Wilder a 60/40 or 70/30 percentage split in order to get their fight made next year.

Lewis, the last undisputed heavyweight champion, has voiced his frustrations on multiple occasions in recent months as a bout to crown the next undisputed king has failed to come to fruition.

Lennox Lewis returned home as the undisputed heavyweight champion after defeating Evander Holyfield

Like most fans, the now retired boxer has been annoyed by the ongoing saga of negotiations between Joshua’s and Wilder’s teams, and so he has now explained exactly how his fellow Brit should make a deal.

Lewis began: “This is the biggest bout in division. It will be both of their highest paydays ever.

“You don’t offer a check for this fight. You offer a split.

“I say 60/40 in AJ’s favour, maybe even 70/30, but not a flat fee. I took less to face Holyfield because I wanted to be undisputed.”

Anthony Joshua is the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion, but needs Deontay Wilder’s WBC belt to be undisputed

It is publicly known that Joshua’s side offered Wilder two flat fees of $12.5m and $15m for the bout during their talks earlier this year.

Despite the American agreeing to take the latter offer, the fight still didn’t happen as the WBA imposed a deadline for their champion AJ to take on his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin instead.

As a result, Wilder made a separate deal to face Tyson Fury – a dramatic contest which ended in a controversial draw.

They look set to rematch next year, providing another barrier to negotiations for an undisputed title fight.