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Eddie Hearn reveals breakthrough in Joshua v Wilder undisputed talks

World Boxing News 12/03/2019
Eddie Hearn

📸 Ed Mulholland

Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed a significant breakthrough has been found with DAZN taking over negotiations between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

As talks broke down last summer, and relations with Wilder’s representative Shelly Finkel are strained, Hearn has passed the responsibility to DAZN bosses.

WBN reported last week that DAZN had turned their attention to landing Wilder. This followed the collapse of a rematch with Tyson Fury.

Hearn is now hopeful DAZN can persuade Wilder to come on board for at least a few fights in order to give the fans the heavyweight collision they seek.

“There’s an opportunity for someone to be if you like, a mediator to try and get it done,” Hearn told Sky Sports on the clash of top division champions.

“Clearly the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua isn’t the best. I think this is a route that is going to be very beneficial to making that undisputed fight.

“I think any input from me would be a negative one. In terms of trying to move things forward because of the relationship. So I’ll leave it in the hands of the broadcasters (DAZN) to try and effectively be a mediator.

“It’s not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it’s about doing a deal with Joshua, for the fight.

“They’ve got their work cut out. But the pieces are coming together. There’s a long way to go, a long way to go.

“We’ll see where it goes. But there is now a strategy in place and a route in place that could lead us to an undisputed fight,” he added.


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DAZN made contact with Wilder after securing the services of Gennady Golovkin ahead of a trilogy bout with Canelo Alvarez.

The streaming platform have proven they mean business and are willing to offer Wilder a huge deal to eventually face Joshua.

Finkel had told WBN he wanted Wilder to fight on May 18th on Showtime. This was thrown into doubt when DAZN placed their hat into the ring.

It’s thought Wilder has a choice of continuing with a Showtime fight opposite WBC mandatory Dominic Breazeale. Alternatively, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ could accept a bid from DAZN.

The American would then have to try to persuade Breazeale to also compete on DAZN in order to follow the WBC’s wishes.

It may prove easier to face Breazeale on Showtime before heading over to DAZN for the Joshua battle

Joshua is facing Jarrell Miller on June 1 in New York. Meaning Wilder will need to make his next move official as soon as possible.

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