Boxing fans obsessing over who deserves what is only contributing to the problem. Promoters are not only fueling that obsession, they are using it as a means to justify fights not getting made that not only could be made, should be made.All the stuff about fighters not wanting to fight or the wrangling over splits and percentages is irrelevant. Boxing fans love to obsess over who deserves what but in cases like this, there's a much bigger stumbling block and that's the TV rights issue. We had it for years in America with the HBO/Showtime battle, and when you think of sagas like Pacquiao/Mayweather or Stevenson/Kovalev, it was never about anything other than the TV rights. Had the fighters been on the same platform, it would have happened but the fact is, you're never going to get TV stations agreeing to this bouts because it's not in their interest to do so after backing a guy in 20 previous fights where they lost money.
In terms of a hierarchy of the problem, the fighters are the least significant, then it's the promoters but they'd throw their fighters to the lions for the right cash. The issue is that these multi-billion dollar companies who have no interest in boxing and just want a return on their investment aren't ever going to do the right thing for us boxing fans. Put Wilder on DAZN, the Joshua fight gets signed in a week, put Joshua on BT, the Fury fight gets signed in a week...that's the issue here, and it's been the biggest issue for preventing big fights over the last 30+ years.
This is why I don't care about boxing anymore because it's all essentially irrelevant. It's not the people within boxing who are the main issue in stopping us from the big payoff bouts we all want to see, so as fans, you just pull your hair out because some executives who don't know a single thing about the sport and care even less decide that you won't get to see the fights you are invested in.