A lot of fans were bewildered that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder could turn down over $100M to sign a deal with streaming service DAZN. Wilder instead held a press conference to confirm that he would indeed be taking on Dominic Breazeale as a mandatory challenger next, and that he would be sticking to the Showtime platform in the meanwhile.
That, of course, sparked a lot of questions about what Wilder is actually thinking by turning down such an offer, but Wilder says he doesn’t come to your job and tell you how to ask for your raise, so you shouldn’t tell him how to conduct his business either. Wilder would continue by saying that he doesn’t need to chase money or fights, because he has both under his current situation.
“The more eyeballs, the better, especially because I give you your money’s worth. I’m the people’s champion.
“Some fail to realize that we have our own money, our own networks with a big audience, and a big stable of heavyweights.
“They always saying I’m stuck, what is my next move? But the question is, what are these other guys going to do? I’ve got a lot of options here with heavyweights at PBC.”
Realistically, there aren’t a lot of (good) options for Wilder at PBC, but Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel has also intimated that Wilder is better off fighting on Showtime because it exposes Wilder to millions of viewers, instead of ‘tens or hundreds of thousands’ on DAZN’s service.
All that aside, Wilder’s network affiliation seems to be a fluid one, with him still appearing to have the ability to cash-in on monstrous offers that will come even after his upcoming fight against Breazeale on May 18 (assuming he wins). Ultimately, though, it would be a disaster for the division if the biggest fights out there go unmade, particularly during a period where the heavyweight landscape is much better than it has been in many years.