I know this topic has been discussed on a few threads now but I thought I’d start it as a stand-alone topic given that it seems now that Ruiz won’t sign the Saudi rematch until he is giving more than the $9m he has been contractually assigned in the rematch clause. A few months back Dillian Whyte turned down the chance to box Joshua and a lot of posters here were slating him for “ducking”. When you look back the reason why he turned down the fight was not because the money was too low for the fight but it was the rematch purse split that was the reason why he turned it down. It was still stacked in AJ’s favour and even when Hearn compromised to 50/50 in the rematch Whyte was still unhappy and said no, he needs the lion’s share in a rematch. (Ok I accept that now a potential alternative reason is the Dianabol cycling but let’s not get into that here!) Far too often on this forum and on Twitter the Matchroom FC online forum patrol are very quick to slate any fighter to turn down Joshua, particularly Wilder. They see flat fee figures and purse splits, get AJ’s pound signs in there eyes and make bold proclamations about how X is ducking Joshua. They do this without thinking about how Hearn stacks the rematch clauses in Joshua’s favour even if he is to lose the original fight. It’s a disgusting practice from Hearn and really not too dissimilar from restraint of trade covenants in employment contracts that regularly get struck down in employment tribunals. Now Ruiz finds himself in a vulnerable contractual position earning a paltry £9m from an $84m+ pot despite being the winner and unified champion. @Hattonmad has made a valid point in other threads about how the governing bodies need to mandate a certain purse split for rematch clauses to ensure champions and winners get paid fairly. Just making the thread to point out that next time you read about a certain fighter turning down a seemingly good offer to fight someone like AJ, don’t just listen to a crook like Hearn parrot on about how it’s a great offer he has made, obnoxiously bragging about the money he has offered and how the fighter in question is a “ducker”. Think about what sort of unfair clauses will apply in the contract and think about it from the fighter’s perspective. I bet most of the great fights Hearn talks about fall through on these sort of terms and he’ll be doing it with regards to all his fighters’ contracts, not just Joshua. Whilst he is looking after the interests of his own fighter he is basically attempting to completely shaft opposition fighters financially when the next fight could be there last, such is the brutality of this sport. I’ve said before that I don’t care much about the “boardroom” side of boxing and I don’t tbh, but just making this point next time anyone rushes to their keyboard to call X a ducking coward for refusing to fight Z when the “money is so good”. And that applies to me too. We don’t know jack **** about what goes into these contracts except for the spin that crooks like Hearn put on them in the public domain.