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Deontay Wilder's manager turns down $2M from Roc Nation, thanks Al Haymon

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According to a report at ESPN.com, Roc Nation Sports offered Wilder and his manager Jay Deas $2M for a fight with Bermane Stiverne as part of a five-fight deal.

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Add more wood to the conspiracy fire burning around Al Haymon's ulterior motives. Dan Rafael is reporting that Roc Nation Sports president Michael Yormark visited Deontay Wilder and his trainer/manager Jay Deas last month and offered them $2M for the Bermane Stiverne fight as the first of a five-fight deal. They deferred to advisor Al Haymon who did not reply to the offer, and it was rescinded on September 26th.

Deas confirmed to Rafael that he spoke with Yormark and that he and his fighter were interested in the deal, but he said, "We’re letting Al do what he does. We’ll have to see how it plays out."

Al is, indeed, doing what he does, which most recently includes keeping his fighters from receiving career-high paydays. Of course, there's the case of Peter Quillin's potential $1.4M windfall which Haymon advised him against. And how we have Wilder's multi-million dollar multi-fight deal which has come and gone.

Meanwhile speculation continues to grow about Haymon's end game, though things seemed to come into some focus when news surfaced of a deal with NBC to take boxing back to network TV.

Bottom line for this blogger is he better have something spectacular up his sleeve, because it's troubling to see young athletes who give so much of themselves to this sport miss out on life-changing paydays.