Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has made a bold prediction for the Pay-Per-View numbers a heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder can generate.
Hearn, who hopes to make the fight later in 2019, also stated a Wilder win over Tyson Fury this spring could see Joshua make well over $50 million.
Wilder is locked in negotiations with Fury over a high-profile rematch. Whilst Joshua is closing in on an American debut against Jarrell Miller.
If both come through their respective clashes, talks could open on a massive undisputed unification.
“AJ against Wilder last September might have done 300-400,000 buys in the States. Now it does over a million,” Hearn predicted to Boxing News. “Part of that is down to Wilder and we give him that respect, now it’s down to what we do over there to amplify that.”
Explaining what Fury should do ahead of a WBC purse bid, Hearn said: “I pray that Fury doesn’t commit to a rematch because he doesn’t have to in the purse bid. If he does that, he’s mad because it will kill the Joshua fight should he win.
“In that respect, it’s better for us if Wilder wins the rematch, especially if Joshua fights Miller in America in June. That starts making the $50 million offer look like peanuts,” he pointed out.
Concluding on a massive battle between Joshua and Wilder, the promoter stated: “I’m not sure (if) it’s (lost) momentum. We were the standout number one. There was no one even close.
“Now he’s still the standout number one but there are people kicking at his heels. That’s the difference really.
“I think there’s that element of the man on the street says ‘Joshua, you don’t want to fight Fury or Wilder’ but for us, it’s not really about one fight.
“This is about his career and his legacy and what he’s going to do.”
That ‘momentum’ Hearn (📸 Dave Thompson) speaks of reached its peak in the summer of 2018. And a big reason why Joshua faces those ‘man on the street’ questions.
AJ really needed to take the fight before Fury did. A decision which seen the Olympic gold medallist lose traction with the fans.
Beating Miller in the US may not do much to enhance his reputation, but gets Joshua known more stateside ahead of a possible clash with Wilder across the Atlantic.
Wilder will almost certainly want a two-fight deal on both fighter’s shores, with Joshua potentially getting home advantage first.
That’s only if Wilder can come through Fury, a saga which could last up to four fights and put a Joshua bout off until 2020 – at the earliest.