Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Anthony Joshua to face Deontay Wilder this year? Promoter makes massive statement

Anthony Joshua to face Deontay Wilder this year? Promoter makes massive statement

Top Rank offered Wilder a two-fight deal with a $12.5 million for the first fight, and PBC offered to push a potential fight with WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale to Pay-Per-View. I think Deontay's comments have led to this chain of events. Wilder turned down an offer from Top Rank last month to fight this spring or early summer for $12.5 million followed by a rematch of his December 1 draw with lineal champion Tyson Fury, who recently signed with Top Rank, for at least $20 million this fall. There's a long way to go but we'll see where it goes.

Hearn told Sky Sports last month he hopes both men can meet after their respective fights and has now indicated Joshua is closing in on his shot at becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder, who has been vocal about his desire to make bigger money and to have bigger fights, could be on his way.

Hearn also apparently offered Wilder a multi-fight deal - ignored by the boxer's team - that guaranteed US$30 million for a title tilt with Joshua.

"Gennady Golovkin is a generational talent with worldwide appeal", added DAZN Group executive chairman John Skipper.

And that fight is a huge step closer after streaming giant DAZN offered Wilder a three-fight deal worth around £80m on Wednesday.

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But it seems with the 33-year-old that contract talks at agreeing fights aren't his speciality as another setback in that deal scuppered a second meeting with Fury.

Joshua will make his United States debut at Madison Square Garden on June 1, but Jarrell Miller will be his opponent after terms could not be agreed for a heavyweight unification bout with Wilder. 'But I think there's an opportunity there for someone to be a mediator to get the fight done.

There are, of course, many details to iron out, including the prospect of a two-fight deal where each fighter has the right to an immediate rematch and the location of the fight.

"Clearly, the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua is not the best".

"It's all well and good making an undisputed fight but if you lose to Miller, it's all up in the air".

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