Hearn optimistic over Joshua-Wilder deal


World Boxing News have reported that in effect Wilder will receive $25m for each fight which will then lead to negotiations for an improved contract for two fights with Joshua in 2020.

It was thought the pair would finally face off with one another after Wilder's WBC heavyweight title showdown with Tyson Fury.

In-turn, Matchroom Boxing CEO, Eddie Hearn, offered Wilder a multi-fight deal that would have given him $30 million for a fight with Joshua. "I don't have anything to announce, so I don't have any comment, other than we want to put the best fights on DAZN. That's all the comment I have on that". There's a long way to go but we'll see where it goes. "It's pretty clear that one fight people want to see is Joshua and Wilder".

Wilder has historically fought on Haymon's PBC but announced last month he is now a "free agent" in media terms.

Wilder now holds the heavyweight WBC title and is looking for an opponent after Tyson Fury turned down the opportunity of having a rematch with the American.

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"It's not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it's about doing a deal with Joshua".

Boxingscene also reports that undefeated Polish heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki is considering offers from DAZN and ESPN.

There are, of course, many details to iron out, including the prospect of a two-fight deal where each fighter has the right to an immediate rematch and the location of the fight. His first fight on DAZN will be in June.

Wilder last fought at the venue in March 2018 when he stopped Luis Ortiz in the 10th round. But I think there's an opportunity there for someone to be a mediator to get the fight done. The service is now available in nine countries - Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United States - and plans to reach 20 markets by 2020.

Per Mike Coppinger of The Ring, Wilder and DAZN Executive Chairman John Skipper will get together this week in a meeting put together by promoter Lou DiBella. "We're confident he will bring his passionate fans to the platform as we produce tentpole events with his team over the next several years".