Deontay Wilder next on DAZN radar, terms improved after rejected offer
World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is finally ready to listen to what DAZN have to say, World Boxing News has learned.
Wilder has been head-hunted by the streaming service for the past few weeks. The news comes fresh from the signing of Gennady Golovkin this week.
World Boxing News was already informed by co-manager Shelly Finkel that an offer was made to Wilder but dismissed out of hand initially.
“They made an offer but it wasn’t even worth considering,” Finkel exclusively told WBN at the time.
In a fresh twist, DAZN are ready to push the boat out. Their aim is to secure a massive undisputed unification with Anthony Joshua down the line.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ will be offered one of the most lucrative deals made to a current heavyweight fighter when serious talks get underway.
Currently in limbo following the collapse of a fight with Tyson Fury, Wilder is set to battle Dominic Breazeale on May 18 in New York.
This could be under threat if DAZN insists on scrapping the contest. Wilder may be pushed to face an alternative foe, should a deal with DAZN be forthcoming.
As part of the contract, WBN understands Dillian Whyte may be made a stipulation of the terms. Whyte recently threatened to walk if a world title wasn’t forthcoming from Eddie Hearn.
This followed solid interest from ESPN and Top Rank.
ESPN are recruiting potential opponents for Fury after landing the lineal top division king to a five-fight deal.
Whyte has indicated he’s willing to stay with Hearn and Matchroom if he gets a world title shot soon. That’s where Wilder could come in. Either immediately or after a grudge match with Breazeale takes place.
Ultimately, Wilder’s endgame has always been Joshua. The green and gold belt holder proved this with a huge $100 million offer last summer.
Joshua turned down the approach to stay in the UK before deciding to fight in the US anyway. Albeit not against the Tuscaloosa puncher.
DAZN could pull off a major coup with Wilder. Securing his services would place DAZN as a major part of one of the biggest heavyweight fights in history by 2020.
Throwing bucket loads of cash at their investment, DAZN hope to be the number one boxing outlet in the world by then.
Staging Joshua v Wilder could be the clincher and DAZN will seemingly stop at nothing once they have a target in their sights.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay