Eddie Hearn has publicly proposed a new mega money deal for Deontay Wilder to align with him and fight Anthony Joshua this year.
The WBC heavyweight champion looks likely to make a mandatory defence against Dominic Breazeale next after Tyson Fury opted out of an immediate rematch.
As a result, Joshua’s promoter now hopes to seize on this opportunity and host Wilder’s next bout on his US broadcast partner DAZN before then making the undisputed title bout.
When asked how much Wilder should be paid for the Breazeale fight, Hearn told ThaBoxingVoice: “I think you’ve gotta give him $15million for that fight, but that’s the marketplace. It’s crazy.
“You can’t have Joshua making whatever he’s making, Fury making $20million and then Wilder sitting there going, ‘Okay, I’ll take $7million.’
“He can get it [$15million] on DAZN and he can get it on ESPN.”
Despite Eddie Hearn’s optimism, a partnership between him and Deontay Wilder currently looks about as likely as hell freezing over.
Wilder may be a broadcast free agent, but is aligned with Al Haymon’s PBC and currently loyal to fighting on Showtime/Fox.
Regardless, Hearn will make a play to try and lure him to DAZN with the temptation of a meeting with a challenger such as Breazeale, Dillian Whyte or Adam Kownacki, followed by a two-fight arrangement with Anthony Joshua.
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“He hasn’t got to sign with me to come and fight on DAZN,” the promoter insisted, “He can come and fight on my shows.
“If he’s got offers out there for $15million to fight for a voluntary defence– [it could be against] Breazeale, Whyte, Kownacki.
“I’m not looking to tie you into five/six fights like Top Rank. We’ve gotta do one voluntary, then two Joshua fights.”
You can watch the full ThaBoxingVoice interview with Eddie Hearn below.