Anthony Joshua to face Deontay Wilder this year? Promoter makes massive statement

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

Although there had been reports of Deontay Wilder's next fight against Dominic Breazeale being a potential pay-per-view fight, Wilder is not exactly 100 percent on board with the idea of it being a pay-per-view event.

Digital media outlet Boxingscene claims that Wilder will be offered a two-fight deal worth US$50 million in total and that he is also considering an offer to fight on ESPN.

It's very encouraging. I'm not going to say too much on it, because I don't want to jinx anything. There's a clear desire from both sides to make the fight.' He added: 'If an undisputed fight gets made, it will be November or December 2019.

"We want to put the fights on that people want to see".

And should he get past "Big Baby", Hearn can foresee Joshua vs Wilder taking place a few months later.

"He's gotta be the one, in my opinion, that brokers the deal". 'But I think there's an opportunity there for someone to be a mediator to get the fight done. He already proved through the Canelo and Golovkin signings that he's very good at doing this.

"Gennady Golovkin is a generational talent with global appeal", added DAZN Group executive chairman John Skipper.

DAZN, who Joshua is an ambassador for, offered to broadcast Wilder's next three fights. Wilder-Breazeale has been penciled in for May 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Showtime PPV.

Wilder last fought at the venue in March 2018 when he stopped Luis Ortiz in the 10th round.

Joshua, meanwhile, fights Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden in June, though promoter Hearn is increasingly hopeful that the two will come face-to-face in November or December of 2019.

The double fight deal would lead into an undisputed heavyweight unification bout with Joshua over two fights in 2020.

In other DAZN news, Kazakhstani boxing star Gennady Golovkin will net an eight-figure sum per fight to see out career on sports streaming subscription service DAZN for the rest of his career. Joshua is making his United States debut against Miller because DAZN is paying him tens of millions to leave his comfort zone in the United Kingdom, where he is a major star and his fights regularly sell out stadiums.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article