Eddie Hearn in shock $15m bid to land undefeated Billy Joe Saunders
World Boxing News understands Billy Joe Saunders has been offered a huge $15 million deal by Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn.
A rumor apparent to WBN states Saunders has what equates to £11.37m on the table to sign a contract with Hearn.
Saunders would then reportedly have the opportunity to fight on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the United States.
Encounters with the likes of Demetrius Andrade, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez would be firmly up for grabs.
It’s no secret DAZN are on the verge of luring Golovkin to their stable. ‘GGG’ – like Canelo – would then be open to facing anyone at 160 or 168.
At present, and as WBN sees it, Saunders is happy with Frank Warren. He’s currently gearing up for a WBO super middleweight title clash.
Just last week, it was confirmed by Warren that Saunders will battle Shefat Isufi for the vacant belt on April 13th. A win could see Saunders become a two-weight ruler with the WBO.
It’s believed Saunders is not considering the tempting bid. Whilst Hearn continues to try and nailed down some of the biggest names around.
A promise to DAZN to secure top fighters is yet to be fully fulfilled by Hearn due to a good percentage of his advances being unsuccessful.
The likes of Mikey Garcia, Deontay Wilder and the Charlo brothers have committed to Al Haymon in recent months.
Saunders would be likely to do similar. The Hatfield man is a big friend of Tyson Fury.
Staying with Warren and potentially fighting on ESPN alongside the lineal heavyweight ruler would be a far more feasible scenario.
Fury recently signed a mega-bucks deal with the US network. Hence drafting in Saunders to share the spotlight seems a no-brainer.
Hearn’s move has put the cat amongst the pigeons, though. And shows once again that he means business in his attempts to make DAZN the biggest boxing streaming service in the world.
More will be revealed on Saunders in the coming days. Warren is expected to outline further his title plans for the ex-middleweight champion.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay