Hearn says Miller is more “realistic” with money he wants for Joshua fight
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn says he’s given Matchroom Boxing stable fighter Dillian Whyte a “good offer” to challenge Anthony Joshua for his three major heavyweight world titles [IBF, WBA & WBO] on April 13, but he feels that ultimately Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller is more “realistic” with he’s asking for with the money for the fight. Nevertheless, Hearn still places Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) at the end of the line at fourth place in who he wants for Joshua’s next fight. The order that Hearn is working on to get for Joshua’s April 13 fight is as follows: 1. Deontay 2. Fury 3. Whyte 4. Miller.
Hearn constantly talking up a fight between Joshua and Miller recently, it’s causing a lot of boxing to change their original opinion about not wanting to see AJ face Whyte. The fans didn’t want to see Joshua fight Whyte again, since he’s already destroyed him in December 2017 in stopping him in the 7th round. But the only option left is a mismatch between Joshua and Miller, the fans are suddenly now interested in seeing AJ fight Whyte. That fight is downright appealing in comparison to a horrid Joshua-Miller mismatch.
If money wasn’t the overriding factor in the decision making in selecting Joshua’s next opponent, Wilder would have been selected a long time ago, but he wants a 50-50 split of the plunder for the April 13 fight. The same goes for Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs). Fury wants half of the purse split for the fight with AJ, and Hearn doesn’t see him worth it.
For his part, Whyte, 30, has got to feel pretty bad though, as he’s one of Hearn’s own Matchroom fighters, and he’s become a PPV guy in his own right. Whyte should be the one that is getting the Joshua fight in April based on what he’s done to earn the fight. Hearn isn’t saying what he offered Whyte, but it’s likely below the 60-40 that Fury and Wilder were offered.
“The one guy that looks like he’s up for a fight [against Anthony Joshua] is Jarrell Miller,” said Hearn to skysports.com. “He wants a lot of money, but he’s more realistic than the other guys.”
It’s a no brainer that Miller is the one that’ll accept the fight against Joshua, no matter what Hearn offers him, because he’s not on the same level as Wilder, Fury and Whyte in terms of accomplishments. Miller isn’t in the position to ask for a big money split against Joshua the way that Wilder, Fury and Whyte are.
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