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Mar
2019

Deontay Wilder hasn’t ‘officially turned down’ DAZN offer – Eddie Hearn

World Boxing News 16/03/2019
Deontay Wilder

📸 Esther Lin

Eddie Hearn revealed his input on the reports Deontay Wilder is set to reject a $100m plus offer to sign with streaming giants DAZN.

An offer, including two fights against Anthony Joshua over the next twenty months, was placed on the table last week.

Wilder met with DAZN chief John Skipper, although the details of the contract weren’t to his liking, as WBN previously reported.

Hearn says rumors DAZN / Wilder are way off and cannot reconcile the deal are not specifically true.

Asked by IFL TV what the next move by DAZN will be, Hearn answered: “I don’t know. I know perhaps as much as you.

“Obviously I’ve spoken to John Skipper but (I don’t know).

“I don’t want to say anything until I know the truth. I don’t think anything has been officially turned down. But I’m just looking forward to the truth on Tuesday that’s all,” he added.

A press conference has been called early next week by Team Wilder to announce a WBC mandatory fight with Dominic Breazeale.

The fight is expected to take place on May 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


2020

As WBN clarified on Friday, an agreement between DAZN is far from dead. A two-fight Joshua saga is definitely salvageable.

It all depends on how Wilder wants it to play out and whether Joshua isn’t taking too much of the A-side due to having the TV advantage on his home channel.

Apprehensions over venue and judging will also be factors, as with any champion agreeing to put his title on the line.

Fans have certainly waited long enough for Wilder and Joshua to share a ring. While WBN believes 2020 is a more likely timeframe for the fight in the immediate future.

Joshua has to take care of Jarrell Miller first on June 1. Then, Kubrat Pulev will surely be pushed as the number one contender with the IBF.

Pulev was due to fight Joshua in 2017 until injury ruled him out late on. Waiting patiently for his opportunity, the IBF are known sticklers when it comes to mandatories being given their chance.

Tuesday is set to be an eye-opener though, as Wilder faces a mass of questions regarding the Joshua offer.

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